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Land and Labor in South Asia (English)

This paper explores the relationship of land and labor to rural poverty in South Asia. The first half of the paper discusses the unequal distribution of land among the rural population, revealing how large proportions of those living in rural areas of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have very limited access to land. The paper further elaborates on the misused and abused concept of "landlessness" and its relationship to rural land and labor. The second section discusses the imbalance between available employment opportunities and the rural wage labor force. Unemployment and people who rely mainly on wage employment in rural areas are examined, and conclusions drawn as to the different types of occupational opportunities -- agricultural and non-agricultural -- available to wage laborers.

Details

  • Author

    Singh, Inderjit

  • Document Date

    1988/09/30

  • Document Type

    Publication

  • Report Number

    WDP33

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    South Asia,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    Land and Labor in South Asia

  • Keywords

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Singh, Inderjit

Land and Labor in South Asia (English). World Bank discussion papers ; no. WDP 33 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/110931468777032059/Land-and-Labor-in-South-Asia