Smriti Sharma is an Economics P.h.D candidate at the Delhi School of Economics. Her research fields are development economics, economics of discrimination and political economy. Her current research deals with understanding manifestations of caste-based discrimination and disadvantage in contemporary India, more specifically in the form of crimes and atrocities against marginalised groups and caste and gender dynamics in self-employment and small business ownership.
Entrepreneurship or survival? Caste and gender of small business in India
23 Sep 2013
Can entrepreneurship be a vehicle for social mobility in India? This column analyses data from micro, small and medium enterprises, and finds clear and persistent caste and gender disparities in virtually all enterprise characteristics in the sector. It makes a case for concerted policy action to correct historical caste-based inequalities.
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