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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?

NCAER Project Team:
Bornali Bhandari, K Subbaraje Urs, Ajaya Kumar Sahu, Gautam Kumar Das

External Team:
Samarth Gupta

Sponsored by:


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