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– Measurement and downward mobility pitfalls
Vegard Iversen - Oxford University Press, 2021
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– Urban-to-rural labour transitions from the factory to the informal economy
Alessandra Mezzadri, Kaustav Banerjee - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated processes of labour transition from industrial work to the informal economy, which have always characterized the life of the working poor. Exploring urban-to-rural labour transitions through a feminist political economy lens and adopting a life-cycle...

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Steven I. Wilkinson - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper argues that new computer, smartphone, and universal ID technologies are reducing the incentives for political clientelism in the delivery of social programmes in India, especially by allowing party leaders to bypass local brokers to credit-claim for better service delivery and allowing...

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Rosa Abraham, Rahul Lahoti, Hema Swaminathan - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The impact of childbirth on women’s employment has been discussed extensively in the context of developed countries. Constraints on mothers’ labour market participation and consequent fall in earnings are characterized as the ‘motherhood penalty’. This phenomenon is...

Journal Article
– Empirical Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms
Karishma Banga - European Journal of Development Research, 2021

This article provides empirical evidence on the impact of digitalisation on product upgrading in global value chains (GVCs). Analysis is done for a sample of Indian manufacturing GVC firms in the period 2001–15 from the firm-level database Prowess, using the methodology of System...

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– A curse or a blessing?
Karishma Banga - Research Network - Sustainable Global Supply Chains , 2021

Much has been written on India as an outlier in Global Value Chains (GVC). Despite being one of the largest and fastest-growing markets located in direct proximity to ‘Factory Asia’ (Baldwin, 2008), India is documented to have low participation in global networks, especially amongst...

Anustup Kundu, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

While studies have examined the association in socioeconomic status between parent and offspring, there has been relatively little research on multigenerational mobility, especially in the developing country context. Analysing data from the India Human Development Survey, this article shows that...

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– Exploring the distribution of women’s work between income generation, expenditure-saving, and unpaid domestic responsibilities in India
Ashwini Deshpande, Naila Kabeer - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Based on primary data from India, this paper analyses the reasons underlying women’s low labour force participation. In developing countries, women engaged in unpaid economic work in family enterprises are often not counted as workers. Women are involved in expenditure-saving activities, i....

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Rosa Abraham, Rahul Lahoti, Hema Swaminathan - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The impact of childbirth on the labour market participation of women has been discussed extensively in the context of developed countries, constraints on mothers’ labour market participation and earnings being characterized as the ‘motherhood penalty’. In the developing country...

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– Rules versus discretionary budgets
Dilip Mookherjee, Anusha Nath - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Past research has provided evidence of clientelistic politics in delivery of programme benefits by local governments, or gram panchayats (GPs), and manipulation of GP programme budgets by legislators and elected officials at upper tiers in West Bengal, India. Using household panel survey data...

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– Mandated political representation and murders
Victoire Girard - Social Choice and Welfare, 2021

This study provides the first country-wide research evidence that an affirmative action policy may induce a backlash. I exploit the timing of the implementation of castebased electoral quotas across and within the states of India. The results show that the implementation of the electoral...

Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Informality is a pervasive phenomenon in the labour markets of developing countries. Two billion workers, representing 61.2 per cent of the world’s employed population, are in informal employment. Emerging and developing countries account for more than 93 per cent of total global informal...

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– Evidence from a randomized neighbourhood relocation policy in India
Shreya Bhattacharya - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Caste in India plays an instrumental role in determining access to education, jobs, public spaces, and social networks. For instance, despite state governments providing incentives to encourage intercaste marriage, only 4.9% of marriages in India take place outside caste . While numerous...

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Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper studies the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered dimensions of employment and mental health among urban informal-sector workers in India. First, we find that men’s employment declined by 84 percentage points post-pandemic relative to pre-pandemic, while their monthly...

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– Inequality trends and dynamics, the bird’s-eye and the granular perspectives
Hai‐Anh H. Dang, Peter Lanjouw - Oxford University Press, 2021 - Oxford
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– Evidence from India
Shreya Bhattacharya - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The contact hypothesis posits that having diverse neighbours may reduce one’s intergroup prejudice. This hypothesis is difficult to test as individuals self-select into neighbourhoods. Using a slum relocation programme in India that randomly assigned neighbours, I examine the effects of...

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