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Impact of SEZs on Human Development

Aradhna Aggarwal

in Social and Economic Impact of SEZs in India

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077275
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081035 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077275.003.0009
Impact of SEZs on Human Development

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This chapter focuses on labour-related effects which comprise of employment effects and skill upgradation of labour. A significant body of literature now exists addressing the concerns about these effects of special economic zones (SEZs). However, a comprehensive analysis of SEZs' labour-related effects is still scarce. This chapter integrates various aspects of human development effects into a single framework and examines the Indian experience within that framework. The analysis is embedded within the overall context of the labour reform debate in India and draws on appropriately structured field surveys. It finds that the major labour-related issues in SEZs are that of weak labour unionization and their voice representation; wages and working conditions do not pose challenges. It argues that SEZs could be used as experimental laboratory for labour reforms.

Keywords: SEZs; labour reforms; human development; wages; working conditions; labour unions; skill upgradation

Chapter.  11487 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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