UNESCAP-SANEM Panel at the Indian Society of Labour Economics Conference
The 60th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) was held in Mumbai, India during 19-21 December 2018. This Conference which commemorated the Diamond Jubilee year of the formation of ISLE was organized by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. The Conference brought together many eminent economists, social scientists, representatives from industry, trade union bodies and other international organizations, policy makers, academia and many other professionals and organizations from across the globe.
UNESCAP-SSWA in partnership with the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka organized a panel on the theme of ‘Emerging Labour Markets and Employment Challenges in South Asia in the context of the SDGs’ on 20 December 2018. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 include full and productive employment and decent work as part of one of the goals (SDG 8). While the SDGs are universally applicable to all countries at all levels of development, the notion of full employment as used in developed countries may not be applicable to countries in South Asia. The nature of the employment challenge that South Asian countries face have many common elements such as persistence of informal and low productivity employment, slow process of structural transformation, high rates of vulnerable employment, education-skills mismatch and so on. In this context, the panel featured presentations on different issues related to labour markets in four South Asian countries namely, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India.