Rosa Abraham

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.



Working Paper Series


Journal Articles

  • 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​/​s​40888-021 – 002348
  • Abraham, R., Lahoti, R. & Swaminathan, H. (2021) Childbirth and women’s labour market transitions in India. WIDER Working Paper 2021128. 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.‑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.


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