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Background

High rates of growth and growing openness in South Asia have raised expectations of better livelihoods and employment conditions. However, economic growth has not brought about a marked improvement in employment conditions, for a very large proportion of the work force which remains in poor-quality, low productivity employment in the informal part of the economy.

A large majority of workers face insecurity of livelihood and vulnerability to contingencies, which reflects both the poor quality of the jobs they have and the absence of any institutionalized social security system.

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Publications

Books

What is the nature of the employment problem that India faces? What kind of economic growth is required to address it? As India posits itself as one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, India Employment Report 2016 examines how the employment challenge undermines the substantial improvement that the economy has made in the last decade and a half.

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Working Papers

WP/01/2015
Economic Impact of Social Protection Programmes in India: An Illustrative Exercise ..
WP/02/2015
Social Protection in Pakistan
WP/03/2015
Social Protection in Sri Lanka:Current Status and Effect on Labor Market Outcomes
WP/04/2015
More and Better Jobs for Pakistan:Can the Manufacturing Sector Play a Greater Role?..
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