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Disparity and Discrimination in Labour Market Outcomes in India

A Quantitative Analysis of Inequalities


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Vani Kant Borooah
    Pages 1-30
  3. Vani Kant Borooah
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  4. Vani Kant Borooah
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  5. Vani Kant Borooah
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  6. Vani Kant Borooah
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  7. Vani Kant Borooah
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  8. Vani Kant Borooah
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


“The author has done a service to this line of study by collating and analysing a novel dataset in a manner that is going to be of use for researchers of the labour market in India, a subject in need of critical enquiry.”
Shanti Chakravarty, Professor of Economics, Bangor University, Wales, UK

This book deconstructs the dynamics of the job market in an emerging economy (India) that has vast capital resources, addressing a key concern in relation to inequality in the labour market by social groups. The author examines the changing impact of caste on employment opportunity using two sets of large databases, and extends this analysis into religious affiliation and gender. The findings in this book will be of importance to those working in both research and policy, and makes an important contribution through addressing the decomposition of inequality based on disparity and discrimination.


India Occupation Wages Discrimination Affirmative Action Indian labour market The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) Inequality by Caste, Religion and Gender Labour market inequality Jobs contracts Wage inequality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics & PoliticsUniversity of UlsterBelfastUK

About the authors

Vani Kant Borooah is Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has been President of the European Public Choice Society and of the Irish Economic Association. Past books include Health and Well-Being in India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), The Progress of Education in India (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), Votes, Parties and Seats (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Europe in an Age of Austerity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Growth, Unemployment, Distribution and Government (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Disparity and Discrimination in Labour Market Outcomes in India
  • Book Subtitle A Quantitative Analysis of Inequalities
  • Authors Vani Kant Borooah
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-16263-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-16266-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-16264-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 218
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Labor Economics
    Asian Economics
    Ethnicity Studies
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