Women in the Informal/Unincorporated Textile Sector of India: Gendered Relationship between Proprietorship, Employment and Types of Enterprises Across States

15 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2016

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Meenakshi S Swami

University of Delhi

Stanzin Padma

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Date Written: March 3, 2015

Abstract

Women have been associated traditionally as producers and consumers of textiles in India. The textile industry has over the years provided employment to both men and women and presently it is the second largest employer after agriculture in India and women form almost fifty percent of the workforce in the textile sector of India.

Given the importance of textile sector in the labor force particularly for women, it is important to throw some lights on the employment of workers in the unincorporated textile enterprises of India. Therefore, this study explores gender based scenario in the unincorporated textile sector of India and examines differences among states with respect to ownership and employment of women and men.

The paper analysis the relationship between female based employment and industrial classification of enterprise concentration in states the paper also brings to light the states in which women ownership has predominance and attempts to analyse it in relationship with the number of women employed across states in the unincorporated textile sector. Some of the Indian states have been found to be very high on women proprietorship and women employment of women and the overall relationship between the two exists in India.

Keywords: textile enterprise classification; gendered employment; India; informal economy; textile sector; women

JEL Classification: E23, E24, J01, JEL017

Suggested Citation

Swami, Meenakshi S and Padma, Stanzin, Women in the Informal/Unincorporated Textile Sector of India: Gendered Relationship between Proprietorship, Employment and Types of Enterprises Across States (March 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2813632

Meenakshi S Swami (Contact Author)

University of Delhi ( email )

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Delhi, DE Delhi 110007
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Stanzin Padma

Jawaharlal Nehru University ( email )

Vasant Vihar
New Delhi, DE Delhi 110067
India

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