In this State of the Economy podcast, Nivedita discusses the world of gig workers and the challenges they face in accessing social security. Professor Bernali Bandari from the National Council of Applied Economic Research participated in the discussion, revealing the complexities of defining and understanding platform workers in India. Professor Bhandari reveals the unique characteristics of platform work in the Indian context, highlighting the role of online labor intermediaries in differentiating platform workers from traditional workers.
This episode also discusses a recently released report from NCAER that provides important insights into the gig economy. It explores how gig workers in India differ from those in developed countries, and the implications for social security policy. The conversation highlighted the shift from trust-based to transactional contracts, as well as evolving formal concepts in the gig economy.
Professor Bhandari discusses the differences between active, inactive, part-time and full-time platform workers, revealing their motivations and backgrounds. The research reveals the reasons behind workers joining the gig economy and how their tenure affects their perceptions of the changing employment landscape.
(Host: Nivedita V, Producer: Jayapriyanka J)
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