Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Development Economics
- Gender Economics
- Informal Employment
- Measurement of Employment and Work
I am an economist interested in issues relating to India’s labour market. My research focuses on informal work and women’s employment with particular interest in issues at the intersection of labour statistics and women’s work. At the Centre for Sustainable Employment, I have been involved in the State of Working India reports and in the two primary surveys – India Working Survey and Covid-19 Livelihoods Survey, conducted by the Centre. My most recent work looks at the impact of major life events – marriage and childbirth – on women’s employment. Prior to joining the University, I worked as a researcher at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and prior to that as a Lecturer in Madras School of Economics.
Who does work? What kinds of work are there? How does this matter for the economy?
- Abraham, R., Basole, A., & Kesar, S. (2021). Down and out: The Gendered Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on India’s Labour Market. Economia Politica. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40888-021 – 00234‑8
- Abraham, R., Lahoti, R. & Swaminathan, H. (2021) Childbirth and women’s labour market transitions in India. WIDER Working Paper 2021⁄128. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.
- Kesar, S., Abraham R., Lahoti, R., Nath, P., & Basole, A. (2021) Pandemic, informality, and vulnerability: impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in India. Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d’études du développement, https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2021.1890003
- Abraham, R.(2019). Informal Employment and the Structure of Wages in India. Review of Income and Wealth. 65(1).
- Abraham, R., & Shrivastava A. How Comparable are India’s Labour Market Surveys? A comparison of NSS, Labour Bureau and CMIE Estimates. CSE Working Paper No 2019-03.
- Abraham, R. 2017. Informality in the Indian Labour Market: An Analysis of Forms and Determinants. Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 60(2). 191 – 215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41027-017‑0096‑x
- Purushothaman, S., Thomas, B.; Abraham, R.,& Dhar, U. (2013). Beyond money metrics: alternative approaches to conceptualizing and assessing ecosystem services. Conservation and Society. 11(4).
- Purushothaman, S. & Abraham, R. (2011). Scaling up and Sustainability: the experience of rural India. Sustainability in Debate. 2(2): 21 – 42.
- Abraham, R. & Kumar K.S.K.,(2008). Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability. Economic and Political Weekly, 43(20): 77 – 87.
- State of Working India 2021: One year of Covid-19. (2021). Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. https://cse.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SWI2021_Web_25June.pdf
- State of Working India 2019. Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. https://cse.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/publications/state-of-working-india-2019/
- State of Working India 2018. Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. https://cse.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/publications/state-of-working-india-2018/
Chapter in Edited book
- Abraham, R., & Purushothaman, S. (2013). Reconciling Conservation and Livelihoods in the Forest Fringes: An Introduction. In Livelihood Strategies in Southern India (pp. 1 – 17). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978 – 81-322‑1626-1_1
- Jha, M & Abraham, R. (2021, July 27). Mere growth in a sector doesn’t translate to benefits for workers. Indian Express. https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/covid-economic-crisis-pandemic-sectors-workers-benefits/
- Abraham, R., & Basole, A. (2021, Jul 3). Here’s What We Know About COVID’s Impact On India’s Workers – And What We Can Do About It. The Wire. https://thewire.in/labour/covid-19-india-impact-workers
- Abraham, R., & Basole, A. (2021, Jan 26). Have the labour markets recovered post lockdown? Hindustan Times. https://www.hindustantimes.com/business/have-the-labour-markets-recovered-postlockdown-101611603270603.html
- Abraham, R., & Basole, A., Kesar, S. (2021, Jan 20). Pandemic Effect: 9 Months on, More Younger Workers Remain Jobless. IndiaSpend. https://www.indiaspend.com/economy/pandemic-effect-9-months-on-more-younger-workers-remain-jobless-716310