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Female Work Participation and Gender Differential in Earning in West Bengal, India

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  • Indrani Chakraborty
  • Achin Chakraborty
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    Female work participation in West Bengal is one of the lowest in India, and varies inversely with female literacy and percentage of Muslim population in a block. However, there are areas with high percentage of Muslims where female work participation is high due to predominance of home-based work. Surveys were conducted in two such areas and a probit model was applied to explain work participation. The earning functions estimated for men and women show earning differential to be low, and decomposition shows moderate `discrimination'. Thus, even in areas where women are over-represented in home-based work, men do not seem to enjoy better work opportunities

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    Article provided by The Indian Econometric Society in its journal Journal of Quantitative Economics.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 98-114

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    1. Oaxaca, Ronald L. & Ransom, Michael R., 1994. "On discrimination and the decomposition of wage differentials," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 5-21, March.
    2. Appleton, Simon & Hoddinott, John & Krishnan, Pramila, 1999. "The Gender Wage Gap in Three African Countries," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 47(2), pages 289-312, January.
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