Governing Dynamics of Job-Search Behaviour and Effect on Unemployment - a Study in West Bengal

Jadab Munda, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Uday Das, Visva-Bharati
Rahul Mondal, International Institute for Population Sciences

Unemployment is one of the principal problems for the development of a country like India with larger proportion of economically active population. Rising trend of unemployment is an issue which provides scope for studies to investigate the variables leading to this stagnating condition. This study provides a framework that encompasses range of variables which in interaction with each other leads to the phenomenon of unemployment. A primary study with 500 samples included by considering appropriate for the study out of the original sample collected in the Indian state of West Bengal to pragmatically explain the dynamics of the interaction of the background variables to determine the (un)employment condition. Binary logistic regression is performed to analyse the likelihood of occurrence of unemployment dichotomised in response with the given background variables for the individuals. The likelihood of occurrence of the employment outcome is analysed with the odds ratio for the predictors included in the study. The study reveals that the job search behaviour of the individual, in interaction with the other, demographic, socio-cultural and psychological variables largely determine the employment outcomes.

Keywords: Economic analysis, Demographic and social surveys, Spatial analysis/regression

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  Presented in Session P6.