The Indian Journal of Labour Economics

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 499–515 | Cite as

Female Participation in NREGA Programme: a Comparative Study of Two Backward Districts in West Bengal, India

  • Krishna SinghEmail author
  • Soumyendra Kishore Datta


The paper attempts to analyse female participation in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) across the blocks in Bankura and Birbhum districts. Tabular analysis has been used to show how the scheme influences the livelihood of the rural women. Logit regression model has been used to analyse the factors determining the participation decision of rural women in NREGS. Across the surveyed districts in West Bengal, there exist wide variations in the level of women’s participation. It is found that women from Bankura District have higher levels of participation compared to those in Birbhum District. The empirical analysis used to identify the determinants of the women’s participation reveals that income from other sources, family size, education level of the women and religion are significantly associated with the participation decision of the women folk.


Participation Empowerment Employment days Livelihood 

JEL Classification

J01 J18 R23 R28 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Gour BangaMokdumpur, MaldaIndia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of BurdwanGolapbag, BurdwanIndia

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