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Castes and Labor Mobility

Viktoria Hnatkovska (), Amartya Lahiri and Sourabh Paul

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012, vol. 4, issue 2, 274-307

Abstract: We examine the relative fortunes of the historically disadvantaged scheduled castes and tribes (SC/ST) in India in terms of their education attainment, occupation choices, consumption and wages. We study the period 1983-2005 using household survey data from successive rounds of the National Sample Survey. We find that this period has been characterized by a significant convergence of education, occupation distribution, wages and consumption levels of SC/STs toward non-SC/ST levels. Using various decomposition approaches we find that the improvements in education account for a major part of the wage and consumption convergence. (JEL I24, O15, O17, Z13)

JEL-codes: I24 O15 O17 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.4.2.274
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