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

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Changes in Wages and Earnings of Rural Labourers

This study aims to capture the changes in rural wages in different states of India and tries to relate the observed variations in level and trend to some plausible explanatory variables. This study is based on rural wage data taken from various rounds of the National Sample Survey and mainly focuses on the level and trend in wages during the first decade of 21st century. It makes an attempt to identify several variables that could explain the observed variations among Indian states in levels and trends during this period.

The author is grateful for the valuable advice from M H Suryanarayana, D Narayana and N Vijayamohanan Pillai and for the generous support from V Sriram and his team at the K N Raj Library, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Pre-Conference Symposium organised by S R Sankaran Chair, NIRD (Hyderabad) and the Institute for Human Development (New Delhi) at the 54th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 19 December 2012.

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