Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

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Consultative workshop on “India’s Labour Markets: Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing Global Environment


December 20th 2019 at ICRIER Conference Centre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi


10:00 am – 2:00 pm : Registration


10:30 am: Presentation and discussion


The share of manufacturing employment in overall remained more or less constant over the last two decades at about 10 per cent. Now, the recent concerns in the growth performance of the Indian economy have brought reforms- external sector as well as domestic reforms, back to the centre stage of the policy discourse. One key area that has attracted attention is labour markets and labour institutions, especially in the light of changes in data architecture on labour markets and codification of labour laws in the recent times. The current debate has gone beyond labour market flexibility due to de facto reforms and deterioration of labour market outcomes in the backdrop of such changes (Bhattacharjee, 2019). This workshop therefore aims to initiate a dialogue and generate a conversation among wider stakeholders on what are the challenges and opportunities for Indian labour markets in the context of changing domestic macro environment and rising protectionism and populism in the global context. Our objective is therefore to discuss key issues surrounding data architecture on labour markets, codification of labour laws, supporting the informal sector, and skills mismatch and development, in order to chart out the future direction of labour market reforms in India.


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