Covid-19 and the Informalisation of India’s Salaried Workers
The pandemic forced a fraction of India's salaried workers to fall back on self-employment or casual work, or to withdraw from the workforce entirely. It was only the salaried who held secure…
Making Sense of India’s Measures of Unemployment
The co-existence of seasonal and regular employment has posed a challenge over the decades for accurately measuring unemployment in India. An explainer and a discussion in the light of the puzzling…
The Time Is Right for an Urban Employment Guarantee Programme
Urban workers have been the most badly hit by Covid-19. An employment guarantee would provide income support & also improve urban public services. Criticisms that it is unaffordable & that it…
Can Conventional Metrics of Employment be Accurate During a Lockdown?
Labour force surveys that yield estimates on job numbers are designed to capture work inputs in 'normal' situations. The concepts and methodology used can lead to errors in estimates during…
How can more women take up paid employment?
The abysmally low participation of women in paid work in India even today is very worrying. Policy interventions should look at how to encourage higher work participation, through offers of higher…
The Unequal Effects of the Covid-19 Crisis on the Labour Market
The unequal labour market in India would have seen a widening of disparities after Covid-19 struck. Those at the bottom, with few skills, limited education & without security, would have been…
Skilling the Last First
"Our skill ecosystem has to be flexible and inclusive as this can be crucial to overturn the social constructions of worth in a society that is ridden with inequalities."
Choosing Begging over Paid Labour
Beggars are usually ignored on the streets and questions are asked about why they do not work. Many have indeed worked as paid labour and then each for her own reasons has chosen begging as the…
Sabina Yasmin Rahman
What Should We Do About the Indian Economy?
In the absence of structural reforms for transformative growth, a rural-led growth strategy is the only option for economic revival at this point of time. Growth may be slower but it will be…
Understanding India's Jobs Challenge
Unemployment today is at an all-time high but that is not the only challenge in jobs: more and more workers are withdrawing from the labour force, the wages of casual workers are below a reasonable…