== Economics and Planning Unit, ISI Delhi

Upcoming seminars

From June 2020 till further notice, all our seminars will be online (webinars). If you have not done so already, please register for these webinars in order to receive invitations, by clicking the button below: For questions, please contact our seminar coordinator Kaniskha Kacker at kkacker [at] isid.ac.in.
Our past webinars (some with recordings) have been archived here:
Title: Import Competition, Formalization, and the Role of Contract Labor
Speaker: Vidhya Soundarajan, Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore
Date: Friday, 16th April, 2021
Time: 3 PM
Venue: Webinar
Abstract: The debate on the effects of import competition on sectoral composition of employment remains unsettled. Using the case of the Indian manufacturing sector and exploiting plausibly exogenous variation from Chinese imports, we provide the first causal evidence that higher import competition increases the share of the formal sector employment. We find an increase in the level of formal sector employment, driven by firms in the top 50% of the productivity distribution, and in contrast, a fall in the informal sector employment. This labor reallocation from informal to formal enterprises is enabled by the usage of contract workers, who do not carry stringent firing costs and are usually not covered by trade unions. Our estimates imply that Chinese import competition led to an increase in the share of formal sector employment by 3.9 percentage points between 2000-2001 and 2005-2006, which suggests an increase in aggregate labor productivity by 2.67%. Our results are robust to an instrumental variables estimation, and controlling for a host of other potential trade channels and worker characteristics.
Title: TBA
Speaker: Taryn Dinkelman, University of Nortre Dame
Date: Friday, 23rd April, 2021 (tentative)
Time: TBA
Venue: Webinar
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Speaker: Ryan Tierney, University of Southern Denmark
Date: Friday, 30th April, 2021
Time: TBA
Venue: Webinar
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Speaker: Rossella Calvi, Rice University
Date: Friday, 7th May, 2021
Time: TBA
Venue: Webinar
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Speaker: Bertan Turhan, Iowa State University
Date: Friday, 14th May, 2021
Time: TBA
Venue: Webinar