Reconsidering women's work in rural India: analysis of NSSO data, 2004–05 and 2011–12

Siddiqui, Mohammed Zakaria, Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala, Lockie, Stewart, and Pritchard, Bill (2017) Reconsidering women's work in rural India: analysis of NSSO data, 2004–05 and 2011–12. Economic and Political Weekly, 52 (1). pp. 45-52.

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Abstract

The most recent data gathered by the National Sample Survey Office on work participation for women in India reveal a sharp decline, primarily due to the NSSO's conventional measures not accounting for economic activities undertaken by women for the benefit of households. Alternative definitional approaches to the production boundary, such as the Indian System of National Accounts and the United Nations System of National Accounts, somewhat better account for unpaid work by women for households' own consumption. An analysis of data from the part of the NSSO schedule on employment and unemployment (for 2004–05 and 2011–12) that enquires about various activities undertaken by individuals who report performing household activities as their principal activity, reveals a less dramatic decline than that presented by the more conventional measure of work participation. This finding contributes to a significant rethinking of how rural women's contributions to economic activities for their own households can be better recognised through data.

Item ID: 46906
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0012-9976
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project DP14010101682
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 01:03
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 70%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 70%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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