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India's Employment Challenge: Creating Jobs, Helping Workers

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Labour is the principal asset for a large number of Indians, especially the poor and marginalized. India faces a key challenge in the coming decade - increasing the earnings of the poor; and providing productive jobs to a large segment of population that will enter the labour market over the next ten years. Though labour market outcomes have been improving since the 1990s and job growth has been on the rise since 2000, unemployment and underemployment continue to cause concern. The recent global economic downturn too has brought these issues and concerns into sharp focus. Addressing the lack of growth of good jobs is thus key for India. Prepared by a team of Indian economists and World Bank staff, this report assesses developments in Indian labour markets and identifies key employment challenges in the future. It also provides prescriptive suggestions for improving labour market outcomes. Specifically, it analyses the main developments in the labour market in India; the volume and quality of the jobs being created. Moreover, it addresses the growth in both the formal and informal sectors, and income gaps therein. It further attempts to understand how and why labour market outcomes differ between regions, and the implications of such difference. It also examines existing policies, their effectiveness, and the need for further reform.

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  • The World Bank,, 2010. "India's Employment Challenge: Creating Jobs, Helping Workers," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198063513.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780198063513
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    1. Padmini Desikachar & Brinda Viswanathan, 2012. "Patterns of Labour Market Insecurity in Rural India: A Multidimensional and Multivariate Analysis," Working Papers id:4901, eSocialSciences.
    2. Morgan, Horatio M., 2013. "Foreign banks and the export performance of emerging market firms: Evidence from India," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 52-60.
    3. Sripad Motiram & Karthikeya Naraparaju, 2014. "Unemployment Burden and its Distribution: Theory and Evidence from India," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2014-026, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
    4. Kanjilal-Bhaduri, Sanghamitra & Pastore, Francesco, 2017. "Returns to Education and Female Participation Nexus: Evidence from India," IZA Discussion Papers 11209, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. Sripad Motiram & Karthikeya Naraparaju, 2014. "Unemployment Burden and its Distribution: Theory and Evidence from India," Working Papers id:6066, eSocialSciences.
    6. Sripad Motiram & Karthikeya Naraparaju, 2014. "Unemployment burden and its distribution: Theory and evidence from India," Working Papers 341, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    7. Kanjilal-Bhaduri, Sanghamitra & Pastore, Francesco, 2018. "Returns to Education and Female Work Force Participation Nexus: Evidence from India," GLO Discussion Paper Series 162, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
    8. Jacoby, Hanan G., 2013. "Food prices, wages, and welfare in rural India," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6412, The World Bank.

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