Labor and Employment in the Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum in India: Toward a Cohesive Policy

  • D. Narasimha Reddy


The focus of this chapter is on the relatively slow but somewhat unique recent phenomenon of small town–driven urbanization, the emerging rural-urban continuum and labor mobility. It finds that the urban-rural spillovers of organized and unorganized employment indicate reduced skill-based mobility barriers to labor.

The absence of official attention to the positive potential of small town–driven urban space resulted in rural migrants “distress and urban amenities” deficit in large urban agglomerations. The chapter argues for change in the official approach to urbanization and migration and for evolving a comprehensive policy that would recognize the potential advantages of a vast network of small town–driven urban sprawl in a vast country like India which can facilitate labor mobility that could mitigate urban congestion through a combination of migration and commuting.


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  • D. Narasimha Reddy
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  1. 1.University of HyderabadHyderabadIndia

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