Earnings Inequality in India: Has the Rise of Caste and Religion Based Politics in India had an Impact?

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dc.contributor.author Bhaumik, Sumon Kumar en_US
dc.contributor.author Chakrabarty, Manisha en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-25T20:07:45Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-25T20:07:45Z
dc.date.issued 2006-03-01 en_US
dc.identifier.other RePEc:wdi:papers:2006-819 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/57199 en_US
dc.description.abstract Since 1989, there has been a sharp increase in the role of caste and religion in determining political fortunes at both state and federal levels in India. As a consequence, significant intercaste and inter-religion differences in earnings have the potential to stall the process of economic reforms. Yet, the patterns and determinants of such differences remain unexplored. We address this lacuna in the literature, and explore the determinants of the differences in inter-caste and inter-religion earnings in India during the 1987-99 period, using the 43rd and 55th rounds of National Sample Survey (NSS). Our results suggest that (a) earnings differences between “upper” castes and SC/ST have declined between 1987 and 1999, (b) over the same period, earnings differences between Muslims and non-Muslims have increased, to the detriment of the former, and (c) inter-caste and inter-religion differences in earnings can be explained largely by corresponding differences in educational endowment and returns on age (and, hence, experience). However, differences in returns on education do not explain inter-caste and interreligion earnings differences to a great extent. en_US
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dc.subject Inequality, Caste, Religion, India en_US
dc.subject.other O15, O17 en_US
dc.title Earnings Inequality in India: Has the Rise of Caste and Religion Based Politics in India had an Impact? en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Economics en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Business en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationum William Davidson Institute en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/57199/1/wp819 .pdf en_US
dc.owningcollname William Davidson Institute (WDI) - Working Papers
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