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Better data needed on job scenario

Content from the Brookings Institution India Center is now archived. After seven years of an impactful partnership, as of September 11, 2020, Brookings India is now the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent public policy institution based in India.

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Rakesh Mohan

Distinguished Fellow - Centre for Social and Economic Progress

Senior Fellow - Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics,” the 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli famously said. Today, his description of questionable data may be applied, somewhat facetiously, to Indian labour statistics. The problem is not that they are “fake”, but rather that they give only a partial and sometimes inaccurate view of India’s job situation. Not surprisingly, the publication of these statistics has stirred up a heated debate as to whether India is undergoing a period of jobless growth.

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