ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Informal Sector and Rural-to-Urban Migration-Some Indian Evidence

Some Indian Evidence Prabir Bhattacharya This paper tries to relate rural-urban migration in India to some of the broad economic changes in the country during the 1970s, when there occurred on occupational shift out of agriculture with the share of agriculture in employment declining and that of non-agriculture increasing. The evidence suggests that the informal sector played an important role in rural-urban migration during the period and that, far from being a passive absorber of labour, it was a dynamic and productive sector, attracting and sustaining labour in its own rights.

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