What Drives Women Participation in Unpaid Work in India?


  • Manik Kumar G. B. Pant Social Science Institute, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj, India
  • Udai Bhan Singh Department of Economics, DAV PG College, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • Nilesh Kumar M.G.M College, Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, India


Unpaid work, Women workers, Women Labour Force Participation (WLFP), Labour Market


The primary goal of this paper is to examine the factors that bear on the greater participation of women in unpaid activities in India. The study is based on the employment-unemployment survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)in 2011-12, and NSS Report Numbers 550 and 559. The results of descriptive and regression analysis show that socio-cultural factors strongly affect womens participation in unpaid work as compared to other economic and non-economic factors. It is also found that women belonging to rich and affluent households with better education are less likely to participate in paid work.


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Manik Kumar, Udai Bhan Singh, & Nilesh Kumar. (2023). What Drives Women Participation in Unpaid Work in India?. Thailand and The World Economy, 41(2), 137–155. Retrieved from https://so05.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/TER/article/view/265421