Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190073
Authors: 
Gradín, Carlos
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2018/24
Abstract: 
Despite the relevance of geographical disparities in India, earnings inequality occurs mostly within states, but with a broad range of variability in its levels. We investigate the sources of such variability using RIF decompositions of the inequality gaps between most populous states and India. Our results point to substantial compositional effects associated with cross-state variability in the extent of high-skilled formal employment outside the farm and construction sectors, and along the degree of urbanization and some demographic factors. Cross-state differences in conditional earnings structures, however, turn out to be crucial, especially regarding the different degree of earnings stratification by caste in each state.
Subjects: 
earnings inequality
RIF
states
decomposition
India
JEL: 
D63
I32
J21
J82
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-466-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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