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Vastness of Informality and Unprotected Risk in Indian Labour Markets

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This chapter documents the growing informalization of India’s labour force and the consequences of this phenomenon for the state of social protection in India. COVID-19 offers an especially effective context for examining these issues, and we draw on our work during the pandemic and lockdown months, as well as that of others, to present evidence for the growing lack of risk protection that informal sector workers and households are subject to. Having laid out the scope of the problem in this section, we then turn to the question of how to address this problem in the second section.

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