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Disadvantaged Women in Informal Sector: A Study of Domestic Help and Bidi Workers

Anil Bhuimali (Author) Siddhartha Sarkar (Author)
Synopsis Informal sector is an important feature of the most of the developing nations of Africa, Latin America and Asia. Women constitute a bulk in the large informal sector of the developing world. Naturally, they represent the bulk of the informal-sector labour supply. They work at a low wage rate less than what received by the male workers for the same work. Their job is insecure and thus unstable. They are generally restricted to low-productivity and ill-paid informal sector employment and experience higher dependency burdens. They are more likely to be poor and malnourished and less likely to get formal education, health care or clean water and sanitation. This book gives an exposition of women engaged in informal sector activities. Two case studies of women workers engaged in domestic chores and bidi-rolling activities have been made. A comparative study of female domestic and bidi workers has also been undertaken to attempt an economic model for valuation of domestic and bidi workers.
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About the authors

Anil Bhuimali

Dr. Anil Bhuimali, M.A. (Economics), Ph.D: (Economics) from the University of North Bengal, West Bengal is currently serving the Department of Economics, University of North Bengal as Reader in Economics. Earlier he was associated with Dinhata College, Cooch Behar College and Acharya Brojendra Nath Seal College, Cooch Behar, West Bengal. After his M.A. he was the Junior Research Fellow of National Cooperative Union of India and University Grant Commission. He was also university Grants Commission Treacher Fellow during 1991-92. His areas of specialization, among others, are Rural Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Gender Economics and Gandhian Economics. He has published in his credit, several research papers in reputed journals of economics and social sciences. Her has contributed papers in national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. He is the author of the books Arthanaitik Unnayan O Parisankhyan Bijnan (Joint), International Economics: Theory and Policy (in press). Empowering Women in Education and Employment (Ed.) (in press). He has been the life member of Indian Econometric Society, Indian Society of Gandhian Studies, Indian Association of Women’s Studies, Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad and Balason Society for Improved Environment.

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Siddhartha Sarkar

Dr. Siddhartha Sarkar (b. 1973), Ph.D (Economics) is currently serving the Department of Commerce, Dinhata College, Dinhata, Cooch Behar, West Bengal. He has published several research papers in peer reviewed International and Indian Journals and a number of books. Dr. Sarkar has undertaken a UGC funded project as postdoctoral work. His areas of specialization include Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development. Besides, he is actively associated with various International NGOs working for gender and environment. He is the Chief Editor in International Journal. He is the Chief Editor in International Journal of Women Social Justice and Human rights and Guest Editor in International Journal of Human Ecology with distinguished editorial advisor in various International refereed Journals. He has been opted for visiting scholar status in several European Universities and Research Institutes like, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, University of Wageningen, University of Twente, Tinbergen Institute and Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands.

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Bibliographic information

Title Disadvantaged Women in Informal Sector: A Study of Domestic Help and Bidi Workers
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188683736
length vii+175p., Tables; Notes; References; Appendices; Bibliography; 23cm.