This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 608
  • Course: MA in Development Studies
  • Semester: II
  • Title: Rural Labour Market in India
  • Stream: Economics
  • Description:

    Overview of rural labour market in India: size and key features, agricultural and non-agricultural

    wage labour; Concepts of unemployment: seasonal unemployment, underemployment, disguised

    unemployment, work participation, labour absorption; Wage rates: subsistence wage, minimum

    wages act in India, empirical cases on wages, types of wage contracts, forms of, levels and trends of

    agricultural wages; Gender gap in wages: male and female wages, levels and trends, disparity;

    Labour-credit interlinkages: labour services and unfreedom in agriculture, bonded labour, attached

    labour, poverty and agricultural labour; Welfare programmes: government wage employment and

    self employment programmes, forms of market interventions in the labour market.



    1. K. Sharma Labour Economics, Anmol Publications Private Limited, 2006.

    2. P. Lanjouw and N. Stern, Economic Development in Palanpur Over Five Decades, Oxford University

    Press, 1998.

    3. B. Agarwal, A field of One�s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, Reprint, Cambridge

    University Press, 1998.

    4. V. K. Ramachandran, Wage Labour and Unfreedom in Agriculture, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990.

    5. Consumer Expenditure and Employment Unemployment Round , Reports of the National Sample

    Survey Organization, Quinquennial rounds, 2004-05

    6. S. R. Osmani, �Wage Determination in Rural Labour Markets: The Theory of Implicit Cooperation�, in Journal of Development Economics, (34) 1-2, 1990, pp. 3-23.

  • Text:

    K. Sharma Labour Economics, Anmol Publications Private Limited, 2006.^$^P. Lanjouw and N. Stern, Economic Development in Palanpur Over Five Decades, Oxford University Press, 1998.^$^ B. Agarwal, A field of One�s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, Reprint, Cambridge University Press, 1998.^$^V. K. Ramachandran, Wage Labour and Unfreedom in Agriculture, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990.^$^Consumer Expenditure and Employment Unemployment Round , Reports of the National Sample Survey Organization, Quinquennial rounds, 2004-05^$^S. R. Osmani, “Wage Determination in Rural Labour Markets: The