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Title:
Urban Employment in India: Recent Trends and Patterns
Series Subtitle:
WIEGO Working Paper No. 7
Author(s):
Chen, Martha and G. Raveendran.
Date:
January, 2014
Publication Type:
Working Papers
Description:

Urban Employment in India: Recent Trends and PatternsWorking Paper 7 was first published in 2011 and was updated in 2014.

 

This paper explores trends in urban employment in India, with a focus on informal employment, and highlights the growing significance of four groups of urban informal workers: home-based workers, street vendors, domestic workers and waste pickers.

 

Data from three of recent large-sample rounds of the National Sample Survey (from 1999/2000, 2004/2005, and 2011/2012) is used. An analysis of the data reveals that rather than being increasingly absorbed into modern formal wage employment, India’s urban workforce is, in fact, becoming increasingly informal.

 

The paper concludes with a call for re-envisioning Indian cities to allow informal enterprises, activities, and workers to operate alongside formal firms, activities, and workers.

 

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