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—Mahendra Dev, Director and Vice Chancellor, Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Studies ISBN 978-0-8213-8968-3 SKU 18968 D I R E C T I O N S I N D E V E LO P M E N T Human Development Subbarao, del Ninno, Andrews, and Rodríguez-Alas “Public works programs are an important component of social protection measures, with a dual objective of generating employment and creating or maintaining productive assets. This outstanding volume provides a comprehensive overview of the design, evidence, and implementation of public works. Drawing on evidence from all over the world, it covers low-income, middle-income, and postconflict countries. The authors have collectively been working on issues related to safety nets for decades, and they have made sincere efforts in this book to objectively highlight both the strengths and the weaknesses of public works programs. There are many lessons to be learned from the country experiences presented here. I have no doubt that this book will be a useful resource on public works programs for students, researchers, and practitioners alike.” Public Works as a Safety Net —Ravi Kanbur, T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University Design, Evidence, and Implementation “This excellent volume is a welcome addition to the literature on public works, at a time when interest in them as safety nets is at an all-time high. Whether in the Middle East post–Arab Spring, or globally where inequality and vulnerability are on the rise, public works are at the forefront of strategic and operational discussions by governments and international agencies. The technical and operational literature on public works has exploded in the past decade, and this book provides a user-friendly guide and overview of the key findings and lessons. Using cross-country evidence from over 40 countries and detailed case studies from 7 countries, the authors address both technical and operational issues in the design and implementation of public works. Public Works as a Safety Net will be of great interest to analysts and practitioners alike.” Public Works as a Safety Net Design, Evidence, and Implementation Kalanidhi Subbarao, Carlo del Ninno, Colin Andrews, and Claudia Rodríguez-Alas

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