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Female Work Participation and Economic Development-A Regional Analysis

much control over the change in currency in circulation and so on the quantum of money in the present context. We have seen earlier that, varying the reserve requirements cannot have a very significant impact and that hence, among the instruments of credit control, varying the cost of credit and IN an earlier paper on women workers in India, based primarily on the analysis of 1961 Census data it was noted that "the great majority of women work either in agriculture or in the traditional rural industries or in service activities. Most of them are family workers or single workers who combine the responsibility of home and work. Industry-wise analysis of F/M ratios showed that women are represented primarily in the household sector of each industry and their numbers are smal! in the modern organised sectors. The work participation rate of urban women is significantly lower than that of rural women and that of literate women significantly lower than that of the illiterate. The secular trend is for women's work participation rate to fall although in agriculture and household industry the downward trend has been interrupted in 1961 by definitional changes. From all this one might well conclude that economic development with its accompanying urbanisation, spread of education and growth of modern organised industries will be accompanied by a progressive decline in the work participation rate of women

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