Economists from Azim Premji University analyze economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown, suggest policy responses, and the ways to finance
Rosa Abraham, Amit Basole, Surbhi Kesar The article was first published on
Rahul Lahoti , Mrinalini Jha , Amit Basole
Between 2018-19 and 2017-18, unemployment rates fell for all categories except urban males. There was an increase in the WPR for all employment categories except urban males. Countering a trend visible since 2004-05, the WPR rose by 1.5 percentage points for rural women.
Bhakti Kelkar “This internship project studies the impact of COVID-19 on agriculture in five villages of Osmanabad district of Maharashtra
In this piece we highlight a methodological problem with the ILOSTAT data on “Employment by status in employment” which gives the proportions of workers engaged in self-employment and wage employment across countries. These cross-country data appear to have mis-categorised casual wage workers as self-employed workers in the Indian case.
Commenting on Jean Drèze’s DUET proposal, Rakshita Swamy and Amit Basole highlight its simple design as its strength and propose a more comprehensive approach that also includes social protection for informal workers.
In the context of unique circumstances like the pandemic-induced economic lockdown, standard employment metrics do not convey the full extent of employment distress. Supplementing reported activity status with other metrics such as earnings as well as hours worked will provide a better understanding of the extent and nature of work participation in the economy.