Centre for Policy Research
This paper is the first attempt to rigorously evaluate the short term e ffects of the `Janani Suraksha Yojna' (Safe Motherhood Scheme), a nationwide conditional cash transfer program in India, launched in April 2005. Under the scheme, a woman delivering her child in a medical facility is provided monetary rewards.
My difference-in-difference estimation results indicate that in the initial one and a half years of its operation, the scheme did not have any eff ect on the disparity between the targeted and non- targeted states. In fact, the gap between the two widened in this period, albeit marginally. But beginning from 2007, the targeted states have shown much larger improvements in the institutional deliveries, leading to a dramatic decline in the gap between the targeted and the non-targeted states.
I also show that the convergence or differential improvement in access and availability of medical facilities are not driving my results.
Date: December 5, 2011
Time: 11:30 A.M.
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
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