Women's work participation in rural Karnataka and Tamil Nadu: A review of the literature

Soundarya Iyer, Sarayu Srinivasan, Nitya Rao

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India ranks among a handful of countries in West Asia, North Africa, and South Asia to have the lowest female labour force participation rates in the world. The LFPR has further been declining for women in India in the last two decades. The article focuses on the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to understand the proximate causes for these shifts. We combine temporal trends from the Employment and Unemployment surveys of the National Sample Survey Office with the literature on agrarian studies in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to explain the changes in rural women's labour force participation and summarise the challenges in studying temporal trends in women's work.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationEconomic and Political Weekly
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2022

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