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Are women economically more empowered in Left-run municipalities? A study of Self Help Groups in West Bengal, India

Zakir Husain, Diganta Mukherjee and Mousumi Dutta ()

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Abstract: Who controls the income earned by Self Help Group (SHG) members from group activities – they, or their husbands? The answer indicates the level of economic empowerment attained by SHG members. This paper examines whether identity of person controlling this income depends upon the political party ruling the municipality where the SHG is situated. Two parties are considered – the Left Front, a coalition comprising of Leftist parties, and the Indian National Congress. This paper is based on a field study of 240 SHG members in six municipalities in West Bengal, a major state in India.

Keywords: Self Help Groups; Political structures; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D79 P13 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-02-18
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