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Unemployment Spells in India: Patterns, Trends, and Covariates
Published in Springer
2018
Volume: 60
   
Issue: 4
Pages: 625 - 646
Abstract
The literature on unemployment in India has not given adequate attention to the analysis of unemployment spells. This paper attempts to fill this gap by focusing on the trends in the incidence and distribution of unemployment spells from 1993 to 2012. It was found that shorter unemployment spells of up to two months are more prevalent in rural areas, primarily for casual labour who experience a break in their employment due to lack of work. On the other hand, longer spells of more than 6 months are predominant in urban areas, experienced predominantly by young, well-educated population, who do not come from the poorest households, and do not have any previous job market experience. Further, the incidence as well as the contribution to longer durations of unemployment is higher in the eastern region and females are more likely than males to experience them. The author discusses the findings, their policy implications, and suggests ways to improve upon the available data so that it can help in developing a better understanding of the factors contributing to unemployment.
About the journal
JournalData powered by TypesetThe Indian Journal of Labour Economics
PublisherData powered by TypesetSpringer
ISSN0971-7927
Open AccessNo