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Female labour supply in india: proximate determinants

Majumder, Rajarshi (2011): Female labour supply in india: proximate determinants. Published in: Indian Journal of Labour Economics , Vol. 55, No. 3

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Traditional official definition of ‘work’ in developing countries excludes large number of activities that are predominantly performed by women. Naturally official Female Labour Force Participation Rate is quite low in such countries. Women who are officially in the labourforce must therefore have compelling reasons for doing so. This paper fills the research gap arising due to dearth of econometric analysis of female labour supply in Indian context by identifying proximate determinants. Apart from personal attributes, household characteristics, local economic conditions, and socio-religious traditions are also observed to have a role. The interlinkages are multidimensional and complex and have significant implications for policy formulation.

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