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. The study will progress on two tracks:

  • Track I, spanning over 6-months, will focus on platform agents in the food delivery sector. We will survey delivery partners to analyse their options, preferences and choices that are enabled by the platform’s flexible work model and the current regulatory environment. We will also conduct a qualitative sectoral case-study of food delivery sector in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Track II will be a longer program that will attempt to answer two questions – (1) What is the impact on MSMEs as they increase their reliance on platform economies? (2) What are the direct and indirect jobs created by platform work in the economy?


  • 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


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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Aditya Gupta has a Bachelors in Economics from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, and a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. His research interest pertains to macroeconomic indicators like the exchange rate, inflation, and balance of payments.

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    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.

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