NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

The programme seeks to research and highlight the socio-economic impact of platform work and platform companies in India. Depending on the sector, the platform economy model works differently. The current work program will focus on holistically studying the food delivery platform sector. The programme is split into 3 parts.

In Part 1 : We will study the socio-economic impact of food delivery platforms on workers

In Part 2:  We will assesses the impact of food delivery platforms on restaurants & cloud kitchens

In Part 3: We will evaluate the systemic impact of food delivery platforms on economic output and labour market


  • 9360NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    NCAER launched a new NCAER research programme on the “Gig Economy”.  The proposed programme seeks to holistically analyse the socio-economic impact of the platform economy in India. The research programme is divided into two phases. In the first phase, we will study the food delivery sector including delivery partners, restaurants and platform providers. In the...   Read More

  • 20747NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) organised an in-person event to launch its pioneering report, Socio-economic impact assessment of food delivery platform workers, on August 28. The objective of the report was to conduct a socio-economic impact assessment of food delivery platform workers. The issue of platform workers, especially those engaged in food...   Read More


  • 20760NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    This report, the first output of a three-part research programme undertaken by NCAER extensively explores the socio-economic implications of workers engaged in the food delivery platform industry, shedding light on their employment patterns, incomes, and work environment. Parts two and three of the research programme reports, to be released subsequently, will evaluate the socio-economic impact...   Read More


  • 21814NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Ajaya K Sahu. There are no win-win options here as all of them involve trade-offs. Policy makers must strike a balance. A universal social security system is perhaps the best option to protect gig workers. The Code on Social Security, 2020 defines gig worker as a “person who performs work or...   Read More

  • 21351NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Ajaya K Sahu. Social cover. Instead of a region or income specific policy, a more universal approach would serve workers better. While the demand for social security for platform workers heats up, the question that crops up is can one design an exclusive social security system for platform workers? And even...   Read More

  • 16222NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari NITI Aayog’s effort though creditable has loose ends. PLFS should use 2015 worker classification and probe nature of contracts. At the outset NITI Aayog needs to be complimented for undertaking the onerous task of trying to estimate the number of gig workers. The report ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy: Perspectives and...   Read More

  • 16233NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Gautam Kumar Das Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu & KS Urs  In the platform economy workers function in a formalised realm but without benefits of tenure or welfare One of the research questions that the NITI Aayog report ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy: Perspectives and Recommendations on the Future of Work’ poses...   Read More

  • 20916NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Nivedita V talks to Bornali Bhandari, Professor at NCAER about the gig economy, highlighting differences between part-time and full-time workers, as well as workers in different cities. In this State of the Economy podcast, Nivedita discusses the world of gig workers and the challenges they face in obtaining social security. Joined by Professor Bornali Bhandari...   Read More

  • 20921NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Govindraj Ethiraj, financial journalist talks to Bornali Bhandari, Professor at the National Council of Applied Economic Research.  [04:21] Why are gig workers, including food delivery staff, graduate degree holders? What does this say about their mobility and the relative power of the degree? The NCAER a few weeks ago released a survey titled Socio Economic...   Read More


  • 429NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Bornali Bhandari is a Professor at NCAER with a background in international economics and macroeconomics, specifically focusing on the impact of globalisation on development. Currently, she is engaged in a number of industry studies including automobiles, farm mechanisation, and digitisation. Her wider research interests include analysis of skilling from a 3-E perspective (education, employability and...   Read More

  • 2165NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Ajaya Kumar Sahu is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. He is an Agricultural Economist by training. During his stay at the NCAER, he has worked on areas like poverty analysis, issues related to agriculture and rural development, labour and employment with special reference to quality of jobs and skills, public finance and analysis of price dynamics. ...   Read More

  • 2167NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    K.  Subbaraje Urs is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, with more than 34 years of experience in applied economic research, socio-economic and industrial research. His core areas of research are large-scale surveys, particularly in developing the survey instrument, calculating the sample size, and identifying gaps in primary and secondary data. He has worked on both...   Read More

  • 18929NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Karan Raj is working at NCAER as a Research Analyst. His primary research interest is in micro-econometrics. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Christ (Deemed to be University) and Master’s degree from University of Warwick.

  • 2254NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Nishika Pal is working as a Research Analyst at NCAER. She qualified for the UGC NET examination in Economics in 2019. She has an MSc in Financial Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She contributed in index computation...   Read More

  • 20374NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Sharon Thomas is working as a  Research Associate.

  • 2504NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    Poonam Dhawan is working as a Research Team Assistant at NCAER.

External Team:
Samarth Gupta
Advisory Panel:
Sudipto Mundle, Shashanka Bhide, Sonalde Desai, GC Manna, RCM Reddy, Arunkumar Pillai and Sehraj Singh