Jeemol Unni is Professor of Economics at Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad. Currently, she is Chair of the Master of Arts in Economics Programme. 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 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.
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.
Ecology and Economy: Quest for a socially informed connection, (with Felix Padel and Ajay Dandekar). Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, 2013.
Social Income and insecurity: a Study in Gujarat, (with Guy Standing, Renana Jhabvala, and Uma Rani), Routledge, New Delhi, 2010
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
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 ofHuman Development, Vol. 5, No. 3, November 2004
Social Protection for Informal Workers: Insecurities, Instruments and InstitutionalMechanisms? (with Uma Rani), Development and Change, Vol. 30, Number 1, January 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
“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, January-March 2014
“Measuring Informality of Employment in Urban India” (with Ravikiran Naik), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 56, issue No: 4, October-December, 2013
“Employment Vulnerability in the Urban Labour Market in India” (with Ravikiran Naik) The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 56, issue No: 4, October-December, 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, October-December, 2013
“Changing Occupations, Changing Skills: Graduate Labour Market in India?, (with Sudipa Sarkar), VIKALPA, Vol 37, No.3, pp 110-115, 2012
"Rural Structural Transformation: The role of the services sector in India?, (with Ravikiran Naik) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLVI Nos 26 & 27, June 25, 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, January 13, 2007.
"Are the Results of the Economic Census Robust?? (With G. Raveendran), Economic and
Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No. 33, August 19, 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, May 27, 2006.
"Wages and Incomes in Formal and Informal Sectors in India?, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2005
"Unorganised and Organised Manufacturing in India: Potential for Employment Generating Growth?, (with Uma Rani), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, No.41, October 9, 2004
"Changing Structure of the Workforce in Unorganised Manufacturing?, (with Uma Rani), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 46, No. 4, October–December 2003.
"Economic Reforms and Productivity in Indian Manufacturing? (with N. Lalitha and Uma Rani), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 36, No. 41, October 13-19, 2001.
"Gender and Informality in the Labour Market in South Asia?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 36, No. 26, June 30, 2001.
Selected Articles in Edited Volumes
Employment and Education: An Exploration of the Demand-side Story, (with Sudipa Sarkar) In Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (edited) Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education, Orient Blackswan Private Limited, Hyderabad, 2017
Employment and Industrial Development in India, in C.P. Chandrasekhar (edited) Economics, Volume I: Indian Industrialisation, Oxford University Press, October 2015
Gujarat?s Employment Story: Growth with informality (With Ravikiran Naik) in Indira Hirway, Amita Shah and Ghanshyam Shah (edited), Growth or Development: Which way is Gujarat Going? Oxford University Press, India, 2014
The Challenges of Skill Formation and Training?, in Vandana Desai and Robert B Potter, In The Companion to Development Studies, Third edition, Routledge, London, 2013
Agricultural Labour in India, in Kaushik Basu (edited), Oxford Companion to Economics in India, (2nd edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2011
Women?s Work: Measurement, Nature and the Informal Sector, In Nirmala Banerjee, Samita Sen and Nandita Dhawan (edited) Mapping the Field: Gender Relations in Contemporary India- Volume 1: Readings in Gender Studies, Stree Publishers, Kolkata, 2011
Informality and Gender in the Labour Market for Muslims in India: Has education been a route out of poverty?, In R. Basant and A. Shariff (edited) Handbook of Muslims in India: Empirical and Policy Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Contours of Conflict and Coalition: Rise of the Intermediate Classes and Castes, in Mary E. John, Praveen Jha and Surinder S. Jodhka (edited), Contested Transformation: Changing Economies and Identities in Contemporary India, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2006.
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.
Relevant Government Committees
International Labour Organisation Consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS), Government of India, June 2005 to September 2007
Non-official member, Performance Based Payments for better outcomes in rural development programmes, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of, India January 2017 to present
Non Official Member, Standing Committee on Labour Force Statistics, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, November 2014 to November 2017
Non Official Member, Working Group for Formulating Methodology for 73rd Round of the NSSO, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, 2014-2016
Member, Independent Group on Definition and Statistics on Home-based Workers, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, serviced by UNIFEM, July 2007 to March 2008.
Member, Working Group on Labour Force and Employment Projection for the Eleventh Five- Year Plan (2007-2012), Planning Commission, Government of India, 2006
Relevant Consultancy Assignments
Impact Evaluation of the Ration Balancing Programme in the National Dairy Plan (Phase- I), Project Director, funded by National Dairy Development Board, with Vivek Pandey, Shyam Singh and Pratik Modi, May 2016
Impact of National Dairy Plan (Phase -I) interventions on women's empowerment in India's dairy sector, Project Director, funded by National Dairy Development Board, with Vivek Pandey, Shyam Singh and Pratik Modi. Government of India and supported by the World Bank, November 2014 - August 2015
Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organising (WIEGO) Limited, Manchester, UK, Background paper for project on Inclusive Urban Planning for the Working Poor?, Funded by Gates and Milinda Foundation, March 2011
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