Productivity, Separability and Deprivation

A Study on Female Workers in the Indian Informal Service Sector

  • Atanu Sengupta
  • Soumyendra Kishore Datta
  • Susanta Mondal
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 1-2
  3. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 3-15
  4. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 17-30
  5. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 31-39
  6. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 41-54
  7. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 55-58
  8. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 59-64
  9. Atanu Sengupta, Soumyendra Kishore Datta, Susanta Mondal
    Pages 65-76
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 77-82

About this book

Introduction

In production and service sectors we often come across situations where females remain largely overshadowed by males both in terms of wages and productivity.  Men are generally assigned jobs that require more physical work while the ‘less’ strenuous job is allocated to the females. However, the gender dimension of labor process in the service sector in India has remained relatively unexplored. There are certain activities in the service sector where females are more suitable than males. The service sector activities are usually divided into OAE and Establishments. In this work, an attempt has been made to segregate the productivity of females compared to that of males on the basis of both partial and complete separability models. An estimate has also been made of the female labor supply function. The results present a downward trend for female participation both in Own Account Enterprises (OAE) and Establishment. The higher the female shadow wage the lower their supply. This lends support to the supposition that female labor participation is a type of distress supply rather than a positive indicator of women’s empowerment. Analysis of the National Sample Service Organization data indicates that in all the sectors women are generally paid less than men. A micro-econometric study reveals that even in firms that employ solely female labor, incidence of full-time labor is deplorably poor. It is this feature that results in women workers’ lower earnings and their deprivation.

Keywords

Deprivation and Gender Divide Gender Model Productivity Separability

Authors and affiliations

  • Atanu Sengupta
    • 1
  • Soumyendra Kishore Datta
    • 2
  • Susanta Mondal
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of EconomicsBurdwan UniversityBurdwanIndia
  2. 2., Department of EconomicsBurdwan UniversityBurdwanIndia
  3. 3., Department of EconomicsBurdwan UniversityBurdwanIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-81-322-1056-6
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, India
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-1055-9
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-1056-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5504
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5512
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