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


  • Indrani Chakraborty
  • Achin Chakraborty


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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  • Indrani Chakraborty & Achin Chakraborty, 2010. "Female Work Participation and Gender Differential in Earning in West Bengal, India," Journal of Quantitative Economics, The Indian Econometric Society, vol. 8(2), pages 98-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:jqe:jqenew:v:8:y:2010:i:2:p:98-114

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    1. Sonia Bhalotra & Abhishek Chakravarty & Dilip Mookherjee & Francisco J. Pino, "undated". "Property Rights and Gender Bias: Evidence from Land Reform in West Bengal," Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series dp-281, Boston University - Department of Economics.

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