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Improving Policy Coherence in South Asia   
Improving Policy Coherence in South Asia
Manas Bhattacharya (ED.)
Hard-bound Book (6¼" x 9¼") :   Pages : 426
2010  Edition   :  ISBN - 978-81-7188-820-7
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Jobless growth is a major concern in today’s world. Over and above, employment becomes the first casualty of financial crises that seem to occur almost in a periodic manner. How well the countries have mainstreamed employment in their macro strategies? How coherent are the macro policies that countries follow from the perspective of centrality of Decent Work in the context of investment and growth?

The volume scans the macro-economic settings of the seven countries of South Asian subregion that include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and explores how well the macro economic strategies pursued by these countries cohere with the Decent Work objectives.

The papers contributed by various authors in this volume present elaborate research based empirical information and analyses for the readers, researchers, policy makers and multilateral institutions.

The analytical import in this volume also provides a perspective on globalization. Are these countries reaping the benefits of this process? Is globalization helping in achieving the Decent Work goals? The book raises many issues and opens up wide areas of debate.



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1. Policy coherence, growth, investment and decent work in South Asia: Some reflections — Manas Bhattacharya

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Growth and employment

1.3 Growth inducing policies and their implications for employment growth

1.4 Growth–Employment nexus: Decent work implications and coherence

1.5 Highlights of the following chapters

1.6 Conclusions

2. Growth, investment and decent work in Bangladesh: The need for a better policy mix — Mohammed Ali Rashid

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Economic growth, investment and decent employment: The status

2.3 Macroeconomic policy and decent employment

2.4 Labour productivity and employment

2.5 The quality of employment in the formal manufacturing sector

2.6 Conclusions

3. India: A case for strengthening policy coherence. 133
K.P. Kannan

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Growth, investment and employment

3.3 Growth and decent work

3.4 The disconnect between growth and decent work

3.5 Decent work and macroeconomic policy

3.6 Potential trade-offs between employment and other macroeconomic policy objectives

4. Labour markets outcomes and policy challenges in India
Ahmad Ahsan, Dipak Dasgupta and Ashish Narain

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Pattern of economic growth and labour market

4.3 Productivity, wage growth and job quality

4.4 Is there a trade-off between productivity and employment growth?

4.5 How can government policies help?

4.6 Labour regulation and reforms

4.7 Conclusions: India’s employment challenges

5. Nepal: A critical assessment of experience
Dilli Raj Khanal

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Growth performance and employment patterns

5.3 Macroeconomic policies and decent employment in Nepal

5.4 Major conclusions and policy implications

6. Pakistan: A tale of controlled market and weak governance
Ul Haque

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Pakistan’s labour market

6.3 Planning has not worked while quality of governance has declined

6.4 A review of Pakistan’s growth

6.5 Paradigm shift: The new development thinking

6.6 What is to be done?

6.7 Sequencing of reform and political economy

6.8 Conclusions

7. Sri Lanka: The role of strengthening policy coherence
Shyamali Ranaraja

7.1 Background

7.2 Growth, investment and employment in Sri Lanka

7.3 The disconnect between economic growth and decent work at the national level 

7.4 Linking macroeconomic policy and decent work

7.5 Is decent work central to current economic policy?

7.6 Conclusions

8. Afghanistan: Little space for decent work
Paula Kantor

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Setting the scene

8.3 Decent work deficits in Afghanistan

8.4 Growth, investment and decent work in policy and programmes

8.5 Aid community role in promoting growth, investment and decent work 

8.6 Conclusions and recommendations

9. Iran: Decent work challenges
Hassan Taee

9.1 Introduction

9.2 The trend of economic growth and formation of gross fixed capital

9.3 Population and the labour market

9.4 Labour market and employment policies

9.5 Decent work requirements

9.6 Concluding remarks

References and selected reading




Ahmad Ahsan, Lead Economist, World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Manas Bhattacharya, Senior Technical Specialist, International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Dipak Dasgupta, Lead Economist, World Bank, New Delhi, India

Nadeem Ul Haque, Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad, Pakistan

K.P. Kannan, Member, National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganized and Informal Sector, Government of India, New Delhi, India

Paula Kantor, Senior Research Manager, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul, Afghanistan

Dilli Raj Khanal, Member, UN Expert Committee on Global Economy and Chairman, Institute of Policy Research and Development, Kathmandu, Nepal

Ashish Narain, Economist, World Bank, New Delhi, India

Shyamali Ranaraja, Consultant, International Labour Organization, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mohammed Ali Rashid, Professor, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hassan Taee, Professor, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran and former Deputy Head, Parliament Research Center, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

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