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Bibhas Saha
Durham University
Bibhas Saha is Reader in Economics at the Durham University Business School, UK. Previously he has worked at the University of East Anglia, UK and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India. His research interests are economics of corruption, development economics and privatisation.

Articles By Bibhas Saha
Reviving the informal sector from the throes of demonetisation
Posted On: 13 Feb 2017

While recent measures announced by the government indicate some awareness of the hardships inflicted on the informal sector by the note ban, more needs to be done. In this article, Bhattacharya, Mitra, Pal and Saha summarise the emerging evidence on the significant adverse impact of demonetisation on the informal sector, and suggest policy measures to ensure a steady recovery.
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What explains the increasing use of contract workers in Indian manufacturing?
Posted On: 29 Oct 2014

Topics:   Jobs , Trade

Contract workers constituted about one-fourth of all workers in formal manufacturing in India in 2008. This column analyses the extent to which trade liberalisation and lack of labour reforms explain the increasing use of contract workers. It finds that in the presence of labour rigidities, increasing import penetration contributes to the ‘flexibilisation’ of the workforce.
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