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The livelihood effects of industrialization on displaced households: Evidence from falta special economic zone, West Bengal

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  • Paul, Saumik
  • Sarma, Vengadeshvaran

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Much of the debate on industrialization and displacement has, so far, focused on the optimum compensation for affected households. Our recently concluded study, comprising of a sample of 1017 households including 630 affected (displaced and land acquired) and 387 unaffected households, looks at the long-term livelihood effects of the Falta Special Economic Zone in West Bengal, India. The main findings indicate a lower labour market participation rate among affected household members. However, members of displaced households show the highest work participation rate in the industrial zone but with a lower return to education than others. Women earn about 17 percentage points less compared to men after controlling for education and experience and this gap is 5 to 10 percentage points higher for FSEZ employees; but this gap is narrowing over time likewise the gender education gap. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 13-083.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Keywords: Industrialization; Special Economic Zones; Rural livelihoods; West Bengal; India;

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  1. Maitreesh Ghatak & Parikshit Ghosh, 2011. "The Land Acquisition Bill-- A Critique and a Proposal," Working papers 204, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  2. Aggarwal, Aradhna, 2012. "Social and Economic Impact of SEZs in India," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, number 9780198077275, October.
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  1. Paul, Saumik & Sarma, Vengadeshvaran, 2014. "Are special economic zones a curse on those "chosen" to be evicted? : evidence form West Bengal, India," IDE Discussion Papers, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) 472, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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