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Growth of Work Opportunities In India: 1983 - 1999-2000

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  • K. SUNDARAM

    (Delhi School of Economics)

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Against the backdrop of concerns about the slow down in the growth of total work force in the 1990s (relative to the 1980s) and of “jobless growth”, this paper offers a more nuanced assessment of the growth of different types of employment opportunities. This is done through an explicit focus on employment quality -- by reference to location of workers in non-poor households -- rather than simply focusing on the change in the number of workers. Also, based on a fresh assessment of the DGE and T estimates and NSS-Survey based estimates of organised sector employment, the 1990s are shown to be a period of accelerated growth in the number of regular wage/salaried workers rather than of stagnation or decline in the growth of jobs.

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  • K. Sundaram, 2004. "Growth of Work Opportunities In India: 1983 - 1999-2000," Working papers 131, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
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    1. 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.
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    1. Aradhna Aggarwal & Nagesh Kumar, 2012. "Structural Change, Industrialization and Poverty Reduction: The Case of India," Development Papers 1206, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) South and South-West Asia Office.
    2. Singh, Nirvikar, 2006. "Services-led industrialization in India: Assessment and lessons," MPRA Paper 1276, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Work Opportunities; Jobless Growth; Employment Quality; Employment Structure.;
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    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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