Female Work Participation and Gender Differential in Earning in West Bengal, India
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
Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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