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Indian Statistical Institute

Document Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Subject Name

Quantitative Economics


Economic Research Unit (ERU-Kolkata)


Coondoo, Dipankar (ERU-Kolkata; ISI)

Abstract (Summary of the Work)

This dissertation attempts to find out the nature and the extent of employment fluctuation in rural India. The dissertation is partly theoretical and partly empirical in nature. On the methodological side, it builds up a consistent analytical frame- work. Employment fluctuation is measured in terms of a new mobility measure proposed in this dissertation. The empirical work is basod on the data collected by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), Government of India, in their 38-th round survey operation. I, therefore, thank NSSO for allowing me to work with the data. The views expressod in this dissertation or the errors that remain are, of course, mine and do not reflect that of the Organisation. In this context, I must also thank Prof. Pravin Visaria for his active role in sending the NSSO 38-th round data for rural Maharashtra to me through Prof. Dipankor Coondoo.The dissertation was prepared under the supervision of Prof. Dipankor Coon- doo himaelf. This, therefore, is a nice opportunity to thank him for his excellent academic guidance at every stage of my rescarch career. But academic guidance is a thing one generally takes for granted from one's supervisor. More than that, I also thank him for the extreme patience with which he tolerated an extremely impatient and nervy character like me for five long years.I also fondly recall the help provided by Prof. Satya Ranjan Chakravarty and Dr. Amita Majumder. Prof. Chakravarty was always available for discussion and took a very active interest in my research work. Various comments and suggestions from him substantially improved the exposition. On the other hand, Dr. Majumder helped me a lot with my computer work and introduced me to some very useful computer packages. In fact, a part of this dissertation - Chapter 6 to be precise - was done jointly with Dr. Majumder and Prof. Coondoo. I must thank them for their permission to include the work in this dissertation.Among other academic luminaries of this institute, I gratefully acknowledge the help provided by Professors Nikhilesh Bhattacharya, Mihir Rakhsit, B.V. Rao and T.J. Rao. In spite of their busy schedule, they patiently listened to some of my problems and offered various suggestions. My friends Amar Mukherjee, Pradipta Banerjee and Nirupam Sarkar helped me a lot with my computer work and also in processing this document. Their expertise in their respective subjects reduced my Own troubles to a large extent. My friends Murari Mitra and Subhasis Ghosal were also of great help. Discussions with them at various points of time led to severalclarifications in this dissertation.Finally, I must heartily thank all my friends and contemporaries of this institute. Research is a sequence of hope and frustration and all of us, research scholars, go through these phases from time to time. It is during these phases of frustration that the help of one's friends matters. One need not offer verbal sympathies. A tacit understanding is enough. All my friends at I.S.I. helped me this way indirectly. Their academic devotion, their determination and their way of tackling frustration were infectious. Bosides economics and statistics, I have learnt many other things from them and over the years have become a more mature person.


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