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Inequality, Gender, and Socio-religious Groups

Being of the female gender could mean a little less inequality in the Indian labour market now than belonging to a marginalised socio-religious group, observes this paper. It shows that more women are now in high-paid jobs, while groups such as Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Muslims are still engaged in menial low-paid jobs. Over the years, there has been a decline in gender inequality and a rise in socio-religious inequality. A decomposition analysis reveals that education and type of employment contribute most to income inequality.


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The authors thank R K Sharma, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Sandip Sarkar and Preet Rustagi, Institute for Human Development; and the anonymous referee for suggestions to improve the paper.


Updated On : 31st Mar, 2017


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