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Skills Development in the Informal Economy: A Case Study from South India

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 54 Issue 4

Published: 2019
Author(s) Name: Matthias Pilz | Author(s) Affiliation: University of Cologne, Germany
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Majority of Indian workers are part of the so-called informal economy. Government of India aims to improve the education system for young Indians so that they may have better chances to enter the formal economy. Since it is a long way until the Indian economy will be able to absorb the large number of school leavers, it is also important to target workers in the informal economy and improve their living conditions. It is essential to understand how informal workers currently learn. This paper analyses these learning processes by means of a case study of a group of small-scale mechanics in two semi-urban regions in South India. The study is based on qualitative interviews with informal workers, and seeks to bring out the perspective of the mechanics themselves.

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