The beedi industry is a masterclass in distributed manufacturing. Photo: Reuters

Beedis, wages and the gig economy

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Persons may drop out of the labour force due to discouragement, the inability to find a job. Photo: GettyImages
A fifth of bread-winners in India are in the salaried class, a third are labourers, and a little less than half of bread-winners are self-employed. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

How Indians earn

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