The right development choice

The World Development Report 2009 (WDR), which focused on reshaping the economic geography, has received a lot of attention in India. This is primarily because the report seems to be implicitly criticising a number of programmes of the government as inhibiting mobility of labour within the country. A case in point is the national rural employment guarantee scheme (NREGS), which has created a wage floor that is being seen as a barrier to the flow of labour within the country to demand centres.

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