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Growth of the urban shadow, spatial distribution of economic activities and commuting by workers in rural and Urban India

  • Ajay Sharma

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    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • S Chandrasekhar

    ()

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

Unlike migration, scant attention has been paid to the phenomenon of commuting by workers in developing countries. This paper fills this gap by using a nationally representative data set from India to analyze factors that affect the decision of workers to commute across rural and urban areas daily. Our results suggest that regions with large peripheral urban areas or concentration of secondary sector jobs are more likely to have commuting workers. Regional rural and urban unemployment rates and rural-urban wage differentials are important push and pull factors in the decision to commute.

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Paper provided by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India in its series Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers with number 2014-015.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2014-015
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