Castes and labor mobility

Type Working Paper - (unpublished draft)
Title Castes and labor mobility
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Can large macroeconomic changes also alter the historical economic mobility patterns of various social groups? We examine this question by contrasting the relative fortunes of the historically disadvantaged scheduled castes and tribes (SC/ST) in India in terms of their education attainment, occupation choices, consumption and wages. We study the period 1983-2005 using household survey data from successive rounds of the National Sample Survey. We Önd that this period has been characterized by a signiÖcant convergence of education, occupation distribution, wages and consumption levels of SC/STs toward non-SC/ST levels. Using various decomposition approaches we Önd that the improvements in education account for a major part of the wage and consumption convergence

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