PhD (Gujarat University)
Research Interests: Labour Economics, Development, Economics of Education, Issues in Urban Economics and Informal Economy, Gender Studies
Jeemol Unni is Professor of Economics at Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad. Before joining Ahmedabad University she was the Director of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and RBI Chair Professor of Economics at IRMA. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Economic Statistics constituted by the Government of India. She holds a PhD in Economics and MPhil in Applied Economics. She was a post-doctoral Fellow at Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She was an International Labour Organisation Consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS), Government of India.
She is a specialist in Labour economics. Her special research focus in the areas of rural and urban labour markets is on the informalisation of labour and production systems and the gender implications of this process. In addition, her research addresses issues of returns to education and social protection to informal workers including both social and economic securities and women entrepreneurship. She actively collaborates with national and international NGOs in addressing issues related to workers in the informal sector. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of a policy advocacy group on the informal economy, WIEGO, registered as a charitable company in Manchester, UK. She is currently on the Board of Governors of several educational institutions in India. She is on the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics and the Journal of Development Policy and Practice.
Her research addresses issues of informalisation of labour and the gender implication of it, returns to education, social protection and women entrepreneurship.
She has carried out extensive research on issues concerning rural and urban labour markets in developing countries. Her special focus in this area is on the informalisation of labour and production systems and the gender implications of this process. In addition, her research addresses issues of returns to education and social protection to informal workers including both social and economic securities. She actively collaborates with national and international NGOs in addressing issues related to workers in the informal sector, particularly women. Currently she is engaged in writing a book on Women Entrepreneurship.
• Women Entrepreneurship in the Indian Middle Class (with Vanita Yadav, Ravikiran Naik and Swati Dutta), Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad, Forthcoming 2021
• Social Income and Insecurity: A Study in Gujarat (with Guy Standing, Renana Jhabvala, and Uma Rani), Routledge, New Delhi, 2010, Reprinted in 2019
• Ecology and Economy: Quest for a socially informed connection, (with Felix Padel and Ajay Dandekar). Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, 2013
• Flexibility of Labour in Globalizing India: The Challenge of Skills and Technology, (with Uma Rani), Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2008
• Informal Economy Centerstage: New Structures of Employment (co-edited with Renana Jhabvala and Ratna Sudarshan), Sage Publication, New Delhi, 2003
• Sustainable Development and Social Security: Role of the Non-Farm Sector, Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 2000.
• Women's Participation in Indian Agriculture, Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 1992
Articles in International Journals
• Markets and Spillover Effects of Political Institutions in Promoting Women’s Empowerment: Evidence from India, (with Vivek Pandey and Shyam Singh), Feminist Economics, 2020, 26:4, 1–30,
• Women Entrepreneurship: Research review and future directions‟, (with Vanita Yadav), Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research, 2016, 6:12
• Do Economic Reforms Influence Home-based Work in India? Evidence from India” (with Uma Rani), Special Issue on Inequality, Development and Growth, Feminist Economics, Vol 15, No. 3, 2009:191-225.
• Globalization and Securing Rights for Women Informal Workers in Asia‟, Journal of Human Development, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2004
• Social Protection for Informal Workers: Insecurities, Instruments and Institutional Mechanisms‟ (with Uma Rani), Development and Change, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2003.
• Education and Women‟s Labour Market Outcomes in India‟ (with Geeta G. Kingdon), Education Economics, Vol. 9, No.2, 2001: 173-195.
• When Home-Based Workers Raise Their Voices: An Indian Perspective‟, (with Ratna Sudarshan), SAIS Review, Vol. XXI, No.1, Winter-Spring 2001
Selected Articles in Indian Journals (Since 2005)
• “Impact of Lockdown Relief Measures on Informal Enterprises and Informal Workers”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2020, 55:51, 26 December, 2020
• “Impact of COVID on Informal Economy: The Revival”, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 63 (Supplement 1): S113–S118, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1007/s41027-020-00265-y
• “Formalization of the Informal Economy: Perspectives of Capital and Labour”, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 61(1), 2018, 87-103
• “Gender Skills and Employability in India”, Geography and You, 104, 2017
• “Inclusive Urbanization: Informal Employment and Gender”, IIC Quarterly, Winter 2016–Spring 2017, 43 (3 and 4): 55-64.
• “Skill Gaps and Employability: Higher Education in India”, Journal of Development Policy and Practice, Sage Publications, Volume 1, No. 1, 2016
• “Rural Livelihoods in Transition: Whither Labour”, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 57, issue No: 1, 2014
• “Measuring Informality of Employment in Urban India” (with Ravikiran Naik), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 56, issue No: 4, 2013
• “Employment Vulnerability in the Urban Labour Market in India” (with Ravikiran Naik) The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 56, issue No: 4, 2013
• “Wages and Informal Labour Markets in India: Whither premiums on human capital investments” (with Sudipa Sarkar) The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 56, issue No: 4, 2013
• “Changing Occupations, Changing Skills: Graduate Labour Market in India‟, (with Sudipa Sarkar), VIKALPA, Vol 37, No.3, pp 111-115, 2012
• “Rural Structural Transformation: The role of the services sector in India‟, (with Ravikiran Naik) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLVI Nos 26 & 27, 2011
• “Governance Structure and Labour Market Outcomes in Garment Embellishment Chains”, (With Suma Scaria), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 52, No. 4, 2009
• “Gender Differentials in Education: Exploring the Capabilities Approach”, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 44, No. 9, 2009
• “Women Workers in the New Economy”, Keynote paper for the Golden Jubilee Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 51, No. 4, October-December, 2008
• “Informal Employment in India and China” (With Lu-Ming, Fudan University), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2007
• “Growth of Employment at the Turn of the Century: Illusion of Inclusiveness?” (With G. Raveendran), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 42 No. 3, 2007.
• “Are the Results of the Economic Census Robust?‟ (With G. Raveendran), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No. 33, 2006.
• “Decent Work Deficits in the Informal Economy: The Case of Surat, India‟, (with Paula Kantor and Uma Rani), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No.21, 2006
• “The Right to Work for the Self-employed in India”, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2005
• “Wages and Incomes in Formal and Informal Sectors in India‟, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2005
She has taught various courses at the post graduate level such as Economic Environment and Policy, Business Environment, Gender and Development, and Ecology and Economy. At the under-graduate level she has taught courses in Development Economics and Urban Informal Economy.
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