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Labour Participation Decisions of Married Women in Rural India

Jeemol Unni

Indian Economic Review, 1994, vol. 29, issue 2, 177-193

Abstract: This paper analyses the job choice decision of married women in rural India as a joint decision between spouses in a household. Two models of labour participation are estimated: the first defines work only as market wage labour and the second defines work broadly to include wage and self employment. The study unearths interesting evidence of a differential impact of physical capital, as opposed to human capital, on the work participation decision of the married women. Education of both spouses tends to raise the reservation wage and encourage withdrawal of the wife from participation mainly in wage employment. However, household's access to physical capital tends to encourage work participation of the married women, particularly in self employment.

JEL-codes: D10 J20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1994
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