An alumnus of Delhi School of Economics and Pennsylvania State University, S Chandrasekhar is presently Associate Professor, at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. From May 2010 - Mar 2011, he served as Advisor to President of Confederation of Indian Industry and Co-Chairman and Managing Director of Jubilant Bhartia Group. Chandrasekhar is a recipient of the Fred H Bixby Fellowship awarded by Population Council, New York. He won the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development at the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition 2011. Among his ongoing research projects are: The Commuting Worker: An Overlooked Aspect of Rural-Urban Interaction, Strengthen and Harmonize Research and Action on Migration in the Indian Context (SHRAMIC), and Tackling Agriculture -Nutrition Disconnect in India. In addition to teaching Economic Growth and Development and Econometrics at IGIDR, he also teaches regularly as part of the training programme on Econometrics for Indian Economic Service Officers and Reserve Bank of India Officers. He also coordinates a series of capacity building workshops on Poverty, Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition: From Concepts to Measurement
India on the move: The commuting worker
10 Sep 2014
About 25 million workers in India commute daily for work, from rural to urban areas or vice versa, or have no fixed place of work. This column finds that rural households with at least one rural-to-urban commuting worker are better off than those with no commuting workers. It makes a case for shifting the focus of labour mobility discussions from migration to commuting.
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