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Rahul Suresh Sapkal

Assistant Professor, Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

Bio

Dr. Rahul Suresh Sapkal has joined as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay on 25th June 2021. Prior to joining the CPS, he worked as Assistant Professor (Economics) at the School of Management and Labour Studies, TISS Mumbai (December 2019-May-2021) and National Law University Mumbai (March 2016-December 2019). At TISS, he worked as a Coordinator for the Centre for Labour Studies, TISS Mumbai. He holds a PhD degree in Law and Economics from European Doctorate Program in Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and master’s degree in Development Studies from TISS Mumbai. He works broadly in the areas of Public Policy; Applied Econometrics; Impact Evaluation and Monitoring; Economics of Inequality; Informal Economy; Law and Economics and Development Studies.

He is the recipient of Faculty Research Fellowship-2018 of Reserve Bank of India; Azim Premji Research Foundation Grant for the academic year 2018-19 and 2019-20 and IMPRESS-ICSSR Major Research Grants 2019-20. He is Visiting Research Fellow at Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany. At present, he is heading a three rounds of large scale national survey on informal and migrant workers titled, “Workers in the Time of COVID-19”, in collaboration with ActionAid India. He is also an expert nominated member of the Drafting Committee for Indian Labour Standards Leveraging the Human Capital of Brick Kilns Workers, under Social Responsibility Sectional Committee of Bureau of Indian Standard and Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India with a term between 8th September 2020 to 30th September 2021. As part of his research, he has been working as a research consultant to CRY India, Praxis, ITF, ActionAid India, Oxfam India, Fair Labour Organisation and CORO India.

Research Areas

– Public and Social Welfare Policy

– Informal Economy

– Development Economics

– Microeconometrics

– Institutional Economics

– Economics of Inequality

– Law and Economics

– Empirical Legal Studies

Academic Background

B.Com. in Finance and Accounts, University of Mumbai (2007).

M.A. in Development Studies, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2009).

Ph.D. (Magna-cum-laude) in Law and Economics, European Doctorate Programme in Law and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2016).

Publications

Edited Book:

Sapkal, Rahul and K R Shyam Sundar (2019). Labour Laws and Governance Reforms in the Post-Reform Period in India: Missing the Middle Ground, Essays in Honour of Prof. K P Chellaswamy, Synergy Books Publication, New Delhi. ISBN: 978-93-5258-11

Policy Reports:

Sapkal, Rahul et.al. (2021). “Workers in the Time of COVID-19: Evidence from Round II”, published by ActionAid India. (Available at https://www.actionaidindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/WORKERS-IN-THE-TIME-OF-COVID-19-I-Report-of-Round-2_Final-V2.pdf )

Sapkal, Rahul et.al. (2021). “In Defense of Living Wages for Tea Plantation Workers: Evidence from Assam”, in collaboration with Oxfam India. (Available at https://www.oxfamindia.org/knowledgehub/workingpaper/defense-living-wages-tea-plantation-workers )

Sapkal, Rahul et.al. (2020). “Workers in the Time of COVID-19: A National Study on Informal Workers”, published by ActionAid India. (Available at https://www.actionaidindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Workers-in-the-time-of-Covid-19_ebook1.pdf )

Evidence-Based Policy Responses to COVID-19 Challenges:

On Layoffs and Job Losses

Sapkal, Rahul (2020): “Saving Jobs and Averting Lay-offs amidst COVID-19 Lockdown”, Economic and Political Weekly, Available at https://www.epw.in/journal/2020/19/commentary/savingjobs-and-averting-lay-offs-amidst-covid-19.html

Sapkal, Rahul (2020); “Safeguarding labourers during Covid-19”, The Hindu Business Line, published on 7th May, 2020. Available at (https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/safeguarding-labourers-during-covid-19/article31528449.ece )

On Labour Law Changes

Sapkal, Rahul and K R Shyam Sundar (2020): “Knee-Jerk Responses and Political Slugfests Won’t Solve the Problems of Migrant Workers” , The Wire, published on 1st June, 2020. Available at https://thewire.in/labour/migrant-workers-problem-knee-jerk-responses

Sapkal, Rahul (2020): “Crushing Labour Laws Amidst Successive Industrial Accidents Is Serious Insult to Injury”, The Wire, published on 12th May, 2020. Available at https://thewire.in/labour/labour-law-reforms-industrial-accidents

Sapkal, Rahul and K R Shyam Sundar (2020): “Changes to Labour Laws by State Governments Will Lead to Anarchy in the Labour Market”, EPW Engage, Vol. 55, Issue No. 23, 06 Jun, 2020. Available at (https://www.epw.in/engage/article/changes-labour-laws-state-market-anarchy-labour-market)

Sapkal, Rahul (2020): “The Road to Modern Serfdom”, The Indian Legal Magazine, published on 23 May, 2020, Available at https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/the-road-to-modern-serfdom

On COVID-19 and Lockdown

Sapkal, Rahul, DivitaShandilya and K T Suresh (2020): “Workers in the Time of COVID-19: Evidence from A Rapid Assessment in Bihar”, Available at “http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/files/file/Workers-in-the-Time-of-COVID-19-l-Rapid-Assessment-in-Bihar-Final.pdf

Sapkal, Rahul, DivitaShandilya and K T Suresh (2020): “Surviving in the Time of Lockdown: Evidence from a Rapid Assessment in Bihar” The Wire, published on 30th May, 2020. Available at https://thewire.in/rights/surviving-in-the-time-of-lockdown-evidence-from-a-rapid-assessment-in-bihar

Sapkal, Rahul, DivitaShandilya and K T Suresh (2020): “Short-Term Economic Consequences of COVID-19 Lockdown: Empirical Evidence from India” (Revised and Resubmitted), World Development, Elsevier,

Lingam Lakshmi and Rahul Sapkal (2020): “COVID-19, Physical Distancing and Social Inequalities: Are we all really in this together?” The International Journal of Community and Social Development Sage Journals (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2516602620937932)

On Child and Adolescent Labour

Sapkal, Rahul and PritiMahara: “In Shattered Post-Lockdown Economy, Govt Must Keep a Strict Eye on Child Labour”, The Wire, published on 16th June, 2020. Available at https://thewire.in/rights/india-child-labour-lockdown-covid-19

Sapkal, Rahul (2020): “Covid-19 & Child Labour: No Country for Children” (Special Story), The India Legal Magazine, published on 22nd June, 2020. Available at https://www.indialegallive.com/special-story/covid-19-child-labour-no-country-for-children

Exclusive Interview on Rising Incidence of Child Labour : Demand for Cheap Labour in Cities Post Covid-19 Could See More Children Being Forced to Work (Available at https://www.news18.com/news/india/demand-for-cheap-labour-post-covid-19-could-see-more-children-being-forced-to-work-tiss-professor-2642449.html) published on 29th May, 2020

Sapkal, Rahul, UpamanyuSengupta and Ashok Chikte (2020): “India’s Digital Divide”, The Indian Legal Magazine, published on 5th June 2020, Available at https://www.indialegallive.com/special-story/indias-digital-divide
15. Sapkal, Rahul (2020): “The Second Coming (Special Story), The India Legal Magazine, published on 5th July, 2020. Available at https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/the-second-coming

On Reverse Migration

Sapkal, Rahul (2020): “ The Reverse Effect (Special Story)”, The Indian Legal Magazine, published on 11th September, 2020, Available athttps://www.indialegallive.com/column-news/migrant-workers-unhygienic-action-aid-survey-mgnregs-indian-economy-covid-19-outbreak-pandemic/

Published Research Articles in Journals:

Lingam Lakshmi and Rahul Sapkal (2020): COVID-19, Physical Distancing and Social Inequalities: Are we all really in this together? The International Journal of Community and Social Development Sage Journals (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2516602620937932)

Sapkal, Rahul (2020). Saving Jobs and Averting Lay-offs amidst COVID-19 Lockdown, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.55(9), pp. 25-28.

Sapkal, Rahul and K.R. Shyam Sundar (2019). Wage Disadvantage of Contract Workers in Indian Manufacturing Sector, The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol 54(3), pp. 377-395. [ABDC- C]

Sapkal, Rahul and K.R. Shyam Sundar (2017). Determinants of Precarious Employment in India: Empirical Evidence from India, in Arne L. Kalleberg , Steven P. Vallas (ed.) Precarious Work (Research in the Sociology of Work), Vol. 31(1) Emerald Publishing, pp.335-361.[ABDC- C]

Shyam Sunder K.R. and Sapkal, Rahul (2017). Labour Law and Governance Reforms and Protests – Are They Legitimate?,Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LII (38), pp. 59-66. (Special Article)[ABDC- B]

Sapkal, Rahul (2017). From Mother to Daughter: Do Equal Inheritance Property Laws Reform Improves Female Labour Supply and Educational Attainments in India?,Asian Journal of Law and Economics, De Gruyter, Vol. 8(1), pp. 1-36. [ABDC- C]

Sapkal, Rahul (2016). Labour Law, Enforcement And The Rise Of Temporary Contract Workers: Empirical Evidence From India’s Organised Manufacturing Sector, European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, Vol. 42(1), pp.157-182. [ABDC- C]

Published Articles in Edited Books:

Shyam Sunder K.R. and Sapkal, Rahul (2019). Trade Unions and Globalizing India: Towards a More Inclusive Workers’ Movement?, in “Unions and Worker Representation in Asia in an Era of Globalisation” edited by Russell Lansbury, Byoung-Hoon Lee and Ng Sek-hong, Routledge UK. pp 183-214.

Sapkal, Rahul and NilamberChettri (2019). Precarious Work, Globalisation and Informalisation of Workforce: Empirical Evidence from India, in “Globalization, Labour Market Institutions, Processes and Policies in India Essays in Honour of Prof. L K Deshpande”, edited by K R Shyam Sundar Palgrave McMillan, Singapore, pp 143-164.

Sapkal, Rahul and DakshaParmar (2019). State, Market and Labour: A Dalit Perspective in “Perspectives on Neoliberalism, Labour and Globalization in IndiaEssays in Honour of Prof. L K Deshpande” edited by K R Shyam Sundar Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp 299-322

Sapkal, Rahul (2018). A Note on Labour Market Flexibility Debate in India: A Meta-Analysis of Empirical Studies, in “Contemporary Reforms of Labour Market and Industrial Relations System in India: Ease of Doing Business versus Labour Rights”, edited by K R Shyam Sundar, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, pp: 162-198.

Sapkal, Rahul. (2017). To Conciliate or (not) to Conciliate: Empirical Evidence from Labour Disputes in India, in Ranita Nagar, P.M. Murali Prasad &PavanMamidi (ed.) “Law & Economics: Breaking New Grounds”, Ch.14, Eastern Book Company, pp. 245-272.

Published Book Reviews:

Sapkal, Rahul (2019). Book Review- Development withGlobal Value Chains:Upgrading andInnovation in Asia(Development Trajectories in GlobalValue Chains) PaperBack, edited by DevNathan, MeenuTewariand Sandip SarkarCambridge UniversityPress ( Accepted andForthcoming in November 2019 in British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Sapkal, Rahul (2019). Book Review- Everyday Economics:A Guide to the ModernEconomy by Steve Coulter Agenda Publishing, published in in British Journal of Industrial Relation, Vol 58(2), pp.461-465.

Sapkal, Rahul (2018). Book Review- Demand for Labor: The Neglected Side of the Market, (IZA Prize in Labor Economics) Hardcover Daniel S. Hamermesh (Author), CorradoGiulietti (Editor), Klaus F. Zimmermann (Editor) Oxford University Press (2017) published in British Journal of Industrial Relation, Vol 56(2), pp.454-456.

Sapkal, Rahul (2011). Book Review –Dalits in India: Search for a Common Destiny, by Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat Sociological Bulletin, Vol. 60(1), pp. 167-169.

News Paper/Media Writings:

Sapkal, Rahul and K R Shyam Sundar, “Few jobs, made worse by poor working conditions”, The Hindu Business Line, published on 19th July, 2019.

Sapkal, Rahul and K R Shyam Sundar, “The many misses of the Wage Code”, The Hindu Business Line, published on 14th March, 2018.

Shyam Sunder K.R. and Sapkal, Rahul, “Labour Market: Economic Surveys, Budget Legitimize Short-Term Illusory Gains” The Wire, published on 20th February, 2018.

Sapkal, Rahul and K R Shyam Sundar , “The Demonetisation of Minimum Wage Law’s”, Livemint Hindustan Times, published on 10th October, 2017.

Shyam Sunder K.R. and Sapkal, Rahul “Little about labour, less about jobs”, The Hindu Business Line, published on 2nd February, 2017.

Shyam Sunder K.R. and Sapkal, Rahul “Flimsy Argument to Justify Contract Workers”, The Hindu Business Line, published on 24th March 2016.