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Role of Human Capital for Changing Livelihood Pattern: A Case Study in Nadia District of West Bengal

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Rural Development and Management, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, West Bengal, INDIA
  • 2 Department of REC, PSV, Visva--Bharati, Sriniketan, West Bengal, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (4), Pages 98-104, April,14 (2015)

Abstract

The pattern of livelihood in rural area of West Bengal is a complex in nature as mentioned by Robert Chambers and Gordon Conway that, ‘a livelihood comprises the capability, assets and activities required for a means of living’. As per abidance of different research studies it has been found that so many ways are there to measure the status and changing pattern of livelihood in a particular area. But mostly accepted way is to go through five capitals to understand the subject better. In this research paper an attempt has been made to find out the role of human capital to change the pattern of livelihood in the four villages of Nadia district of West Bengal. Here we consider male headed household, family size, literacy rate and occupational health hazardas human capital. Findings show that these are the vital indicators to bring changes in the livelihood pattern of the study area.

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