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– Landholding patterns and women’s low work participation rates in West Bengal, India
Deepita Chakravarty - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Compared with most other Indian states, women’s reported work participation rates have historically been low in West Bengal. This trend is more prominent in rural areas. Historians have tried to explain this phenomenon in terms of culture and the ideology of domesticity. While persisting...

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– A comparison across different selection models
Indrajit Bairagya - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

This study focuses on estimating the returns to education in non-farm self-employed businesses in the Indian context, using nationwide individual- and household-level data provided by the India Human Development Survey for the year 2011/12. Given that different studies have used different...

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– A regression discontinuity approach
Upalat Korwatanasakul - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper estimates returns to schooling in Thailand, applying a regression discontinuity approach to the change in the compulsory schooling law in 1978. This law helped to enhance human capital investment on the eve of rapid structural transformation. The returns to schooling based on our...

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– Evidence from Sierra Leone
Jamelia Harris - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

Using data from Sierra Leone, I explore the role of cognitive ability in sorting across sectors and the importance of perceptions in the employment decision-making process. Crucial to the analysis is the introduction of the aid-industry/development sector as a ‘third sector’, which...

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– When manufacturing is jobless and services are tradable
Richard Baldwin, Rikard Forslid - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

Globalization and robotics (globotics) are transforming the world economy at an explosive pace since they are driven by digital technology that is advancing in phenomenal increments. This paper—which should be considered a ‘thought piece’—argues that the globotics...

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– The role of infrastructure development and gender norms
Amrit Amirapu, M. Niaz Asadullah, Zaki Wahhaj - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

Traditional gender norms can restrict independent migration by women, preventing them from taking advantage of economic opportunities in urban non-agricultural industries. However, women may be able to circumvent such restrictions by using marriage to engage in long-distance migration—if...

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