study is concerned with the employment situation in
India's retail sector. High economic growth in India
has not produced satisfactory outcomes of job growth,
both in terms of quantity and quality. Concern has arisen
that many of the working poor engaged in small-scale
retailing and street vending are crowded by entries
of large-scale domestic as well as foreign retailers.
Share of workers' income in manufacturing has also seen
a decline, despite labour productivity growth, during
the last decade. This paper argues that economic policy
in India needs to be made more inclusive and equitable.
The only sure way of doing so would be making it more
pro-job and pro-poor, through examining employment implications
of macro policies that accompany economic liberalization.