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On the spatial concentration of employment in India


  • S. Chandrasekhar

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Ajay Sharma

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)


This paper seeks to understand what kind of economic activities are concentrated in which regions of India. Spatial concentration of jobs is measured by calculating the location quotient using information on the industry of work of the individuals in a region. The paper uses data from NSSO 2011-12 survey of employment and unemployment.

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  • S. Chandrasekhar & Ajay Sharma, 2014. "On the spatial concentration of employment in India," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2014-002, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2014-002

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    Location Quotient; Spatial Concentration; Jobs;

    JEL classification:

    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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