Self-employment as Opportunity or Challenge

Mar 30th 2007, C.P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

The enormous increase in the proportion and number of self-employed workers in India in recent years is still not adequately analysed. This paper looks at the conditions of self-employment in terms of perceptions of remuneration and work intensity. It is shown that the rising trend of self-employment reflects the precarious conditions of labour markets in India, where paid employment is simply not increasing fast enough to meet the needs of the growing labour force.

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