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Growth of the urban shadow, spatial distribution of economic activities and commuting by workers in rural and Urban India

Ajay Sharma and S Chandrasekhar

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India

Abstract: Unlike migration, scant attention has been paid to the phenomenon of commuting by workers in developing countries. This paper fills this gap by using a nationally representative data set from India to analyze factors that affect the decision of workers to commute across rural and urban areas daily. Our results suggest that regions with large peripheral urban areas or concentration of secondary sector jobs are more likely to have commuting workers. Regional rural and urban unemployment rates and rural-urban wage differentials are important push and pull factors in the decision to commute.

Keywords: Commuting; Peri-urban areas; Spatial distribution of economic activities; Urbanization; Rural-urban interaction; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 R11 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2014-04
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