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The Grammar of Caste: Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India

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  • Deshpande, Ashwini

    (Delhi School of Economics)

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This book examines the contemporary nature of caste disparities in India by using a framework that integrates discussions on caste from other social science disciplines with those from within economics. It brings together quantitative evidence on different dimensions of caste disparities based on two large national-level data sets, in order to analyse the degree of change in the caste system over the last two decades. Offering evidence based on economic analysis, it questions commonly-held views and challenges traditional wisdom. The author uses the latest methods that allow researchers to gauge discrimination and shows how some of these methods have been used in the Indian context and what the quest has yielded. The book also discusses policy responses to disparities and discrimination by reviewing the existing quota system.

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This book is provided by Oxford University Press in its series OUP Catalogue with number 9780198072034 and published in 2011.

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Cited by:
  1. Ashwini Deshpande & Rajesh Ramachandran, 2013. "How Backward are the Other Backward Classes? Changing Contours of Caste Disadvantage in India," Working papers 233, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  2. Dean Spears, 2013. "Poverty and probability: aspiration and aversion to compound lotteries in El Salvador and India," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 16(3), pages 263-284, September.
  3. Sripad Motiram, 2011. "(Book Reviews) D. Jayaraj and S. Subramanian "Poverty, Inequality and Population: Essays in Development and Applied measurement," Oxford University Press, New Delhi," Journal of Quantitative Economics, The Indian Econometric Society, vol. 9(2), pages 184-188, July.
  4. Ashwini Deshpande & Dean Spears, 2012. "Who Is The Identifiable Victim?--Caste Interacts With Sympathy In India," Working papers 211, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  5. Smriti Sharma, 2012. "Hate Crimes in India-- An Economic Analysis of Violence and Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes," Working papers 213, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  6. Mainali, R. M. & Jafarey, S. & Montes-Rojas, G., 2013. "Earnings and Social Background: An evaluation of caste/ethnic wage differentials in the Nepalese labor market," Working Papers 13/01, Department of Economics, City University London.
  7. Hoff, Karla & Pandey, Priyanka, 2012. "Making up people -- the effect of identity on preferences and performance in a modernizing society," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6223, The World Bank.

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