ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846



59th ISLE Annual Conference, 16-18 December 2017, Thiruvananthapuram, India

The 59th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 16-18 December 2017 in the premises of Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Conference is being organised by the Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram in collaboration with the Department of Economics, Kerala University and the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. The Conference president is Professor S. Mahendra Dev, Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. Professor D. Narayana, Director, GIFT is the Conference Organizing Secretary.

Conference Themes

  • Informality and Labour Market
  • Macro-Economic Policies and Employment
  • Technological Change and Employment
Submission of Papers: Papers along with a summary of appx. 500 to 750 words should be submitted online at Alternatively, the papers may be emailed to Summaries of papers selected for the Conference will be published and distributed among the Conference participants. Selected papers would be considered for publication in the subsequent issues of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics during 2018, subject to peer review.

Best Paper Awards: Two awards, namely Ruddar Datt Memorial Award and Sanjay Thakur Young Labour Economist Award, carrying a prize money of Rs. 10,000 each, have been instituted for the best paper writers who are below 40 years of age. Scholars who wish their papers to be considered for these awards are requested to visit for submission guidelines. Please note that the papers under consideration for these awards should be presented by the writers themselves.

Surjit Singh Fellowship: The ISLE awards one Fellowship instituted in the memory of Dr. Surjit Singh, former Secretary of the Society, with a grant of Rs. 40, 000 for preparing a research paper/monograph related to one of the Conference themes. Applications for this Fellowship are invited from scholars who are below 40 years of age. The application should contain a short proposal (about 1500 words) providing details of the research objectives, hypotheses, methodology and theoretical framework of the study. The proposal should be original and not be based on applicant’s earlier works, including Ph.D. thesis. The application along with the proposal should be emailed to the ISLE Secretariat on by 30 June 2017. The decision of award would be communicated by 21 July 2017. The awardee is expected to prepare a comprehensive draft research paper/monograph by the end of October 2017 and also make a presentation based on it during the Conference. For further details please visit

Conference Registration Fee Dates to Remember
Category Participant Accompanying Person •Dates of the Conference: 16-18 December 2017
India (Rs.) 3000 2000 •Last Date for Submission of Papers: 30 September 2017
Developing countries (US$) 125 100 •Communication from ISLE about acceptance of Papers: 15 October 2017
Other countries (US$) 225 175 •Last date of registration: 15 November 2017

Besides participation in pre-conference event and all the sessions of the conference, registration will entitle the participant to avail modest boarding, lodging, Conference kit and other Conference materials. 50% and 25% concessions on registration are available to Research Scholars and Assistant Professors respectively.

ISLE Membership: All participants should take the Society membership (Annual or Life) to be able to attend the conference. The annual membership fee is Rs. 1000 for those from India, US$ 75 for those from developing countries, and US$ 125 for those from other countries. Registration and the Membership fee may be paid by way of NEFT/RTGS Transfer or Demand draft (DD) or local cheques. Payment details are available on

All queries relating to the Conference should be addressed to:
For details and updates on the Conference, please visit


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