Arun Jacob is an Economist at the United Nations (UN). He is currently posted at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), where he conducts research and provides advisory services to governments on trade policy matters. In the past he has worked at UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on areas related to science, technology and innovation. Prior to joining the UN International Civil Service, he worked with the President's Office of Tanzania, where he was part of the core drafting group of the five-year national development plan and long-term perspective plan of Tanzania. He has also been a consultant for different UN agencies and some leading economic consultancies.
He has a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Geneva, Switzerland. He also holds an M.Phil. degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK, where he was a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.
Minimum wage legislation for domestic workers: Does it work?
28 Nov 2016
Between 2005 and 2009, for the first time, seven Indian states notified minimum wages for domestic workers. This column evaluates the impact of the legislation in terms of real wages and employment opportunities for domestic workers in four of these states. It finds that notifying minimum wages by itself has limited impact; there is a need for strong and transparent monitoring mechanisms.
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