Communication between rural and urban areas became easy through urbani­zation. As such there is no need of safeguards against possible market discrimination. Casteism is considered as a social problem as it disturbs the sound governmental politics and democracy and paves the way for mutual group conflicts. Previous research has provided a reasonably clear picture of the magnitude of inter-caste inequality in income, but has not demonstrated to what extent inequality today is attributable to the denial of economic rights in the past, and to what extent it is attributable to forms of social exclusion and discrimination that persist in modern India. By restricting the movement of labour between occupations, caste becomes a direct cause of voluntary unemployment for, We are grateful to Katherine Newman and Sukhadeo Thorat, for suggesting this special section and for putting together. amenable to self correction, but rather requires interventionist policies to remedy. In the papers that follow this overview, we focus on contemporary patterns of discrimi nation in the formal labour market, using methods originally developed to study discrimination in the United States. Social inequality refers to the different or discriminatory treatment that one person has towards another, because of their social class, religion, gender, race, nationality, among other things. These investments are a form of reparations – to lower castes, especially those formerly deemed untouchable, or to other backward castes, women and some religious minority groups – in recognition of the denial of equal economic rights from which they have suffered in the past. What these four papers establish, is serious evidence of continued discriminatory barriers in the formal, urban labour market An Ex Post Evaluation of Voluntary Retirement Scheme in BALCO – Babu P Ramesh, Labour and Closure of a Mill: Lives of Workers of a Closed Factory in Kanpur – Manali Chakrabarti, on Labour:A Marxist Perspective – Anjan Chakrabarti, Byasdeb Dasgupta, Hitkari House, 284, Shahid Bhagatsingh Road, Mumbai 400 001 email: circulation@epw.org.in, New 3 Month Subscription Moreover, because it is built on a foundation of restriction, the caste system fosters inter-group conflict that is socially harmful and diverts human resources to destructive ends. Ambedkar, B R (1987): (first published 1936), ‘Philosophy of Hinduism’ in Vasant Moon (ed), Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Writings and Speeches, Department of Education, Government of Maharashtra, Bombay, Vol 3, pp 1-94. The view that inefficiency, and therefore pressure on firms, will self-correct discriminatory behaviour argues in favour of strengthening competitive markets as the solution to this vexing problem. Given the virtues of increasing economic efficiency and growth, as well as reducing poverty and inequality, there is a compelling interest in diminishing the market discrimination. Plagiarism Prevention 4. Pager, Devah (2003): ‘The Mark of a Criminal Record’, American Journal of Sociology, 108 (5), pp 937-975. Buvinic (2005) summarises the meaning of social exclusion as follows: “The inability of an individual to participate in the basic political, economic and social functioning of society”, and goes on to add that it involves, “the denial of equal access to opportunities imposed by certain groups in society upon others”. The former are not amenable to alteration as a consequence of individual agency and cannot, therefore, be regarded in any fashion as a matter of personal responsibility. to Digital Archives at. There is a reasonable degree of consensus over the legitimacy of this strategy. Caste and Economic Discrimination gender – women are generally at higher risk of poverty than men as they are less likely to be in paid employment, tend to have lower pensions, are more involved in unpaid caring responsibilities and when they are in work, are frequently paid less even for the same job ; Yet reaching the pinnacle of what Indian education has to offer is not sufficient to create full and open opportunity. iv. In practice, however, labour market discrimination has shown to be quite durable. higher caste individuals and involuntary unemployment for those at the bottom. Labour and capital fail to move from one occupation to another even when the wage rate and rate of return (on investment) is higher in alternative fields. The dignity of physical labour – a key aspect of jobs at the bottom of the status hierarchy – is nearly absent in the work ethic of the caste system and hence impacts the incentive to work in adverse ways. It also becomes an obstacle in achieving social mobility. Women‟s exploitation is an age old cultural The policy of economic empowerment is essentially directed towards improving the ownership of assets like agricultural land, capital for business, entrepreneurial skills and education. This is an appeal to the subscribers, contributors, advertisers and well-wishers of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), published by Sameeksha Trust, a public charitable trust registered with the office of the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai, India. Yet reaching the pinnacle of what Indian education has to offer is not sufficient to create full and open opportunity. Some of the ill-effects of casteism are as follows: i. Casteism perpetuates the practice of untouchability and becomes an obstacle in providing social equality and justice. Economic and Political Weekly Higher caste Hindus would generally prefer to opt out of the market for some time than to take up an occupation defined as polluting. They have to live with the caste that they are born in. There is a reasonable degree of consensus over the legitimacy of this strategy. India today is caught in the grip of a querulous debate over developing reservation policies for groups and communities suffering from economic exclusion associated with caste, gender and religious identity. The caste system is a hereditary classification of people in […] India today is caught in the grip of a querulous debate over developing reservation policies for groups and communities suffering from economic exclusion associated with caste, gender and religious identity. These measures are supposed to enhance the capacity of groups historically subjected to discrimination to develop businesses of their own and enhance their employability in industries and in occupations that pay well. – (1987): (first published 1936), ‘The Hindu Social Order: Its Essential Features’ in Vasant Moon (ed), Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches, Vol 3, pp 95-115. for suggesting this special section and for putting together By encouraging inter-caste marriages, the feelings arising out of casteism can be minimized as these marriages bring two families of different castes closer to each other. In this introduction, we provide a context for the empirical papers, dwelling on the framework of social exclusion. Market failures are created via economic discrimination as an inefficient allocation of labour among firms emerges, and wages recede below the marginal product for workers of discriminated groups. Exclusion from the access to markets has series of adverse consequences not only on income distribution but also on economic growth. Economic efficiency is also affected by reducing the job commitment and effort among workers who perceive themselves as victims of discrimination, and by reducing the magnitude of investment in human capital by discriminated groups because the return on their investment is weakened. This longitudinal project, which is still ongoing, shows that despite similar qualifications, the two groups expect and, true to form, experience divergent outcomes in the labour market. Marital rules such as endogamy, i.e., marriage within the group is another factor. Thus factor immobility spurs gross inefficiency in resource allocation [Akerlof 1976; Scoville 1991; Lal 1989; Ambedkar 1936 and 1987]. Casteism leads the members of one caste to exploit the members of other caste for their own vested interest in the name of superiority or inferiority. This issue of economic discrimination has not been central to mainstream social science research in India. v. Casteism results in political disunity and affects the smooth and successful functioning of multi-party democracy like India. Before publishing your articles on this site, please read the following pages: 1. Casteism has become an instrument in the hands of political leaders. The consequences of discrimination can lead to deprivation indirectly, through passive discrimination in which discouragement and lower self-confidence results in poor performance, or through direct routes that limit access to income or education that is mobility enhancing. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW. In 1820, the ratio between the income of the top and bottom 20 percent of the world's population was three to one. In particular, the earnings of high-skilled labor relative to low-skilled labor have increased. Market failures are created via economic discrimination as an inefficient allocation of labour among firms emerges, and wages recede below the marginal product for workers of discriminated groups. In all instances, we speak here of restrictions (formal and informal) on the entry of subordinate groups to the market and/or through selective inclusion with unequal treatment. For the low caste untouchables on the other hand, the restriction against claiming more prestigious occu pations will compel them to remain involuntarily unemployed. Rich inheri­tance gives them a start in life and if they are reasonably prudent, they keep up the lead. Without intervention, classically untouchables, or dalits, who lie at the very bottom of the social order, find themselves restricted to the most despised occupations and the lowest wages. Casteism divides society into different segments and results in conflicts and tensions in and between these segments. Caste is a major indicator of health outcomes and mandates the need for interventions that change social structures. It sets the stage for the four empirical papers that follow, by The occupational and wage differentials that research documents reflect the accumulated benefits of family connections that enhance the matching process for high status students, while making it harder for the low status but well qualified students to compete. These investments are a form of reparations – to lower castes, especially those formerly deemed untouchable, or to other backward castes, women and some religious minority groups – in recognition of the denial of equal economic rights from which they have suffered in the past. higher caste individuals and involuntary unemployment for those at the bottom. Sen also differentiates between active exclusion – blocking opportunity through deliberate policy interventions on the part of govern ment or private agents – and passive exclusion, which does not rely on these interventions, but may lead to similarly negative outcomes. – economic empowerment and equal opportunity. Birdsall, Nancy and Richard Sabot (1991): ‘Unfair Advantage – Labour Market Discrimination in Developing Countries’, World Bank Studies. In order to achieve such status, the members even adopt the most improper methods to enhance the prestige of their caste. Dominant groups use discrimination to exercise control over minority groups. This definition captures three distinguishing features of social exclusion: it affects culturally defined groups, is embedded in social relations between them, and results in deprivation or low income for those excluded [Hann 1997; Sen 2000]. Hence the caste system as a form of economic organisation lacks the elements that lead to the optimum use of resources. Caste system is filled with inequality and injustice. Key causes of income and wealth inequality Inequality can arise from differences in Education (school, college, degree) Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. Casteism proves to be a threat to social order, stability, peace and harmony, in the society. By 1991, it was eighty-six to one. Not surpri singly, we find at the bottom of the caste system individuals and social groups in disproportionate numbers, mired in poverty. The impact of casteism on society is severe. While many Black and low-income families have seen their health and livelihoods at increased risk, wealthier and disproportionately white families and communities have been better able to weather the economic fallout—a stark reflection of racial wealth inequality. The second paper, by Jodhka and Newman, presents the results of a qualitative interview-based study of human resource managers, focusing on hiring practices. Forced into these occupations on account of their caste origin, dalits rarely experienced job satisfaction. Finally, Madheswaran and Attewell contribute an econometric analysis of the National Sample Survey of India, which shows a 15 per cent wage penalty for scheduled caste and scheduled tribe respondents, compared to otherwise equivalent higher caste workers. There is a view that in a competitive market situation, the firms/employers who indulge in discrimination face eroding profits – in theory. Caste and Economie Discrimination: Causes, Consequences and Remedies This paper provides a theoretical introduction to the study of discrimination with particular reference to the caste system. Thus while the policies for general economic empowerment of discriminated groups through human capital investment find favour, policies that guarantee access, particularly to employment, are fraught with disagreement. Remedies against Discrimination By restricting the movement of labour between occupations, caste becomes a direct cause of voluntary unemployment for Buvinic, Mayra (2005): ‘Social Inclusion in Latin America’ in Mayra Buvinici and Jacqueline Mazza (eds), Social Exclusion and Economic Development, pp 3-32. Deshpande and Newman contribute a third paper focusing on the experiences of equally qualified dalit and non-dalit cohortmates from three major universities, who enter the labour market at the same time. We can feel its impact in different areas: work, social life, family life, etc. Retain hereditary based profession:Caste system dictated people`s career choice. Caste has long been used to regulate economic life in India [for a thorough historical treatment see Dirks 2001]. This is a struggle between social ideals, but fundamentally as well, one that is based on disagreements about the empirical state of markets. Each religion is sub-divided into different castes and these castes again into sub-castes. The culture of each caste varies though they all belong to one religion. In order to develop appropriate remedies to eliminate caste inequality, we need to understand precisely how caste affects individuals’ economic lives, how the economy interacts with caste values and attitudes, and what behaviour produces persistent inequality and deprivation for groups based on their caste, ethnicity or religion. Because of increasing trade among countries, workers in richer countries face a higher level of competition from those in poorer countries, especially in jobs … Some of them are as follows: i. Casteism increases, when a particular group tends to improve the status of its own caste. Ambedkar, B R (1987): (first published 1936), ‘Philosophy of Hinduism’ in Vasant Moon (ed), Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Writings and Speeches, Department of Education, Government of Maharashtra, Bombay, Vol 3, pp 1-94. Caste system is a major cause for many inhuman and immoral social practices such as untouchability, child marriage, sati system, prostitution, etc. EPW looks forward to your comments. The root cause of gender inequality in Indian society lies in its patriarchy system. Indian society is characterised by persistent and pervasive inter-group inequality in economic life. These studies also point to continuing attitudinal barriers that subject low caste applicants for jobs in major companies, and people from remote tribal regions, to negative stereotypes that may over whelm their formal accomplishments in the eyes of employers. Yet these papers pose the questions in the context of the most advantaged applicants, who (in theory) face the lowest barriers at entry to favoured occupations since they possess formidable qualifications. 320-322, A to Z Industrial Estate, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, India 400 013 Economic Liberalisation, Work and Democracy: Industrial Decline and Urban Politics in Kolkata – Nandini Gooptu, Optional or Imposed? Deshpande and Newman contribute a third paper focusing on the experiences of equally qualified dalit and non-dalit cohortmates from three major universities, who enter the labour market at the same time. V. 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