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

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A Critique and Review

The 'Employing Workers Index'

This article reviews a prominent index in ongoing debates concerning labour regulations, the World Bank's Employing Workers Index. Drawing on research and studies on the EWI and its economic impact, it addresses three interrelated issues. First, the rationale behind labour regulations and labour standards and their evolution over time. It argues that these regulations and standards are as relevant in today's world as they were in the past. Second, the paper reviews the methodological basis of the EWI and its scope in interpreting the economic impact of labour regulations. Third, it argues for moving beyond indicator-based rankings, to develop a better understanding of the complex interactions between different labour market institutions and the impediments to effective implementation of labour norms. In this context, the paper provides some insights into the limitations of the current labour regulatory framework in India in protecting workers' rights.

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