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Women's Work in India: Evidence from changes in time use between 1998 and 2019

Nicholas Li ()
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Nicholas Li: Department of Economics, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

No 84, Working Papers from Ryerson University, Department of Economics

Abstract: I provide evidence on long-run changes in female work for six Indian states common to the 1998-99 and 2019 time-use surveys. Rural women experienced large decreases in work time (especially paid work) but urban women did not. Men experienced larger declines in paid work but partly compensated with greater self-employment. Changes in self-reported ``usual work status'' do not provide an accurate measure of these changes in work time. Declining work for rural women is observed regardless of self-reported work status, education level, caste/religious group, or state. Leisure time for women increased, reducing the gender-gap in leisure by 50%.

Keywords: women; gender; work; India; time-use; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J22 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2022-01
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