ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Growth of Employment and Earnings in Tertiary Sector, 1983-2000

The tertiary sector-led employment growth in recent decades in India is out of line with the experience of modern economic development. It has raised concerns about the level of earnings at which labour is being absorbed in this sector. This paper makes use of NSS data from the quinquennial rounds to throw light on whether labour is being pushed into this sector due to lack of opportunities in other activities. The movement of the distribution of the mean per capita expenditure over successive rounds shows that there has been not only an outward shift of the distribution in the tertiary sector but also an increase in inequality and "dualism" in the sector and within its critical sub-sectors.

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