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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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  • K. Sundaram & Suresh D. Tendulkar, 2004. "The Poor in the Indian Labour Force in the 1990s," Working papers 128, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:cde:cdewps:128
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    1. de Vries, Gaaitzen J. & Erumban, Abdul A. & Timmer, Marcel P. & Voskoboynikov, Ilya & Wu, Harry X., 2012. "Deconstructing the BRICs: Structural transformation and aggregate productivity growth," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 211-227.
    2. K. Sundaram, 2010. "Growth of Work Opportunities In India: 1983 – 1999-2000," Working Papers id:3011, eSocialSciences.
    3. K. Sundaram, 2004. "Growth of Work Opportunities In India: 1983 - 1999-2000," Working papers 131, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
    4. Pavnesh Kumar, 2013. "BRICS:The rise of sleeping giant," Working papers 2013-6-17, Voice of Research.
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    Keywords

    India; Working Poor; Poor in Labour Force.;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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