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Comment of the Day

June 28 2012

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

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on shoe manufacture:
“Shoe Boutique in India...see not only the glittering shop front, see the back end where the shoes are made. If you peer at the last few photos, you can almost make out the shoe label.”

Eoin Treacy's view Thank you for this interesting set of slides which depict what might be considered a relatively ordinary shoe manufacturing operation. What I find most instructive is that the workforce is entirely male. Similar operations I have visited in China are generally cleaner and the vast majority of workers are women. Alongside corruption and bureaucracy, gender inequality represents an additional challenge for India's development.

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