30 October, 2012

Occupational Choices, Networks and Transfers : An Exegesis Based on Micro Data From Delhi Slums

Occupational Choices, Networks and Transfers : An Exegesis Based on Micro Data From Delhi Slums

By- Arup Mitra

This volume analyses occupation, earning, and standard of living of the low income households from slum clusters in Delhi, and lays emphasis on strategies and efforts initiated by the slum dwellers to cope with uncertainties they face. The role of informal institutions or networks in accessing information pertaining to the urban labour market, and in experiencing an upward mobility, constitutes an important dimension of the analysis. Transfer of resources—monestary and/or non-monetary—across individuals/households, which can be either based on altruistic behaviour or motivated by the principle of exchange (or strategic exchange) takes the central position in the analysis. This helps derivea the domain of public policy, which would not be in conflict with the existing institutions, and would emerge as supportive measures instead of appearing as direct interventions. Interspatial variations in economic activities performed in the city and their impact on the labour market in terms of physical segmentation, constitute the other major aspect that the study focuses on. Differences in occupational choices, incomes and consumption expenditure across seems in the broad context of intra-household inequality are dealt with. Finally, it reviews the past and ongoing programmes relating to urban poverty, and compares them with the policy directives following from the present study.

Arup Mitra is Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. His area of research encompasses labour and welfare, urban development, industrial growth and productivity,  infrastructure development, and gender studies.

ISBN  81-7304-483-X   2003   168p.   Rs.340/Pounds 35

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