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Jobless Growth in South Asia?


Special issue call for papers from Indian Growth and Development Review

Guest Editors:


Robert Beyer, World Bank,  rcmbeyer@worldbank.org
Chetan Ghate, ISI Delhi, cghate@isid.ac.in; and
Martin Rama, World Bank, mrama@worldbank.org

Even though South Asia has been the fastest growing region in the world in recent years, there is a genuine concern whether this growth has been able to generate productive employment in these countries. For example, in India, National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data reveals that employment growth from 1993-94 to 2011-12 averaged 1.1% per annum; lower than the
perceived growth in the number of people entering the labor force. Similar trends have been observed in other countries in the South Asia. This warrants a deeper understanding between the (possible) mismatch between economic growth and employment in the region. The objective of the Special Issue is to try and answer the question – is jobless growth in South Asia a myth or a reality?
This special issue will try to acquire a deeper understanding between the (possible) mismatch between economic growth and employment in the South Asian region. The objective of the Special Issue is to try and answer the question – is jobless growth in South Asia a myth or a reality?

  • Theoretical models of Jobless Growth. Implications of Government Employment Policies
  • Sectoral composition and patterns of economic growth - implications for job creation and destruction
  • Changing nature of employment composition (male vs. female, regular vs. casual)
  • Relationship between job creation and firm characteristics (size, age)
  • Relationship between job creation and location characteristics (city size, business
    environment)
  • The challenges of measuring employment - what is really a job?
  • Trends in labor productivity and their implications for job creation
  • Changes in labor force participation, especially among women

Submissions and deadlines

  • Submission deadline:  July 1, 2018
  • Papers reviewed:  October 1, 2018
  • Revised papers reviewed and accepted: December 1, 2018
  • Final versions of accepted papers delivered: December 31, 2018
  • Please send your submissions to IGDR's ScholarOne portal at:  http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/igdr
  • Please refer to IGDR's author guidelines before submitting.