The Skills Space of Informal Workers: Evidence from Slums in Bangalore, India

Tuesday Seminar
Event Speaker: 
Nandana Sengupta
Event Time: 
03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Event Venue: 
LH 534 (Unusual venue)

You are cordially invited to a talk in the HSS Tuesday seminar series on 13th August (3:30-4:30 PM) in LH534, IIT Delhi.

Nandana Sengupta (School of Public Policy, IITD) will talk on "The Skills Space of Informal Workers: Evidence from Slums in Bangalore, India"

Abstract

In this work, we develop a framework for the mapping and analysis of informal worker skills in the developing world. Using microdata of almost 1500 workers residing in slums of Bangalore in India, we also study the determinants of wage level and wage regularity. Along with econometric modelling, we employ techniques from the machine learning literature to describe the relationship between the large number of skills that are crowdsourced from respondents. Policy implications of the study include insights on gender disparities in skills, importance of English language and computer literacy skills and the central role of soft skills in the Indian informal labor market context