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Casual and regular contracts: Workers’ self‐selection in the rural labour markets in India

Pal, S (2007) Casual and regular contracts: Workers’ self‐selection in the rural labour markets in India Journal of Development Studies, 33 (1). pp. 99-116.

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The article examines workers’ choice between casual and regular contracts. It departs from existing theories in that in addition to wage considerations it highlights the significance of time and credit constraints. Results obtained from the ICRISAT villages in India suggest that risk‐averse landless labourers ought to prefer casual to regular contracts because earnings from casual contracts are higher. However, this argument gets strongly modified once we consider that a large part of regular wages are received in advance and that the comparative attractiveness of regular contracts depends crucially on whether labourers have access to credit and other jobs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Evcnomics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Pal, S
Date : 23 November 2007
Identification Number : 10.1080/00220389608422455
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Development Studies on 23 November 2007, available online:
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Sep 2016 17:59
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:42

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