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The Poor in the Indian Labour Force in the 1990s

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  • K. SUNDARAM

    (Delhi School of Economics)

  • SURESH D. TENDULKAR

    (Delhi School of Economics)

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Comparable all-India estimates of the number of workers and unemployed in 'below-poverty-line' households - together defining the poor in the Indian labour force - are presented for 1993-94 and 1999-2000. Also presented is the gender, activity-status and the rural-urban composition of this group for the two time points. From a level of 115 million (43 million females and 21 million urban) the number of working poor declined by a little over 12 million - almost entirely in rural India - over the six-year period. Over 51 (36) percent of the rural (urban) working poor were engaged in unskilled mannual labour with a further 46 percent (44 percent in urban India) being absorbed by low-productivity self-employment.

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Paper provided by Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its series Working papers with number 128.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:cde:cdewps:128

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  1. Gaaitzen J. de Vries & Abdul A. Erumban & Marcel P. Timmer & Ilya B. Voskoboynikov & Harry X. Wu, 2011. "Deconstructing The BRICs: Structural Transformation And Aggregate Productivity Growth," HSE Working papers WP BRP 04/EC/2011, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  2. K. Sundaram, 2010. "Growth of Work Opportunities In India: 1983 – 1999-2000," Working Papers id:3011, eSocialSciences.

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