Independent research, Tamil Nadu, India June 1, 2012 – August 30, 2012
Anitha conducted an independent research project this summer that studies the impact of commitment labor contracts available to young women in rural Tamil Nadu. Her study analyzed the availability of some types of wage contracts and employment opportunities for young unmarried women and its role in improving women’s ability to bargain within the household. For this research, she spent the summer in Tamil Nadu where she worked with firms that offer wage employment to young women and pilot and set up a large survey of female workers in such firms. In particular, she collected data on marriage outcomes, empowerment and decision-making by women within the household, and long-term labor market decisions and outcomes.