Saibal Kar

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, India, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor involves a very different form of presenting research in labor, development, and many other issues. As pursued by World of Labor, it becomes one of the most challenging tasks to comprehend various policy issues associated with one or two key research findings. World of Labor travels the depth of research-to-policy and offers a unique experience to all

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor of Economics, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India

Research interest

Labor economics, international economics, and development economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member State-level Expert Committee for DFID-JU Economics Project on Trade and Openness in India; Report and Advocacy for Development of the Religious Minority Concentrated Districts in India, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and ICSSR, New Delhi; Estimate and Policy Advice regarding Trade in Health Services in India, to the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India

Past positions

Guest Professor, Economics Department, Presidency University, Kolkata, India, 2014–2016; Visiting Scholar at Amsterdam School of Economics and Department of Economics, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2010; Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, HWWI, Germany, 2008; Visiting Researcher, Santa Fe Institute, NM, USA


PhD Economics, Northern Illinois University, 2002

Selected publications

  • International Trade and Economic Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 (with R. Acharyya).

  • The Outsiders: Economic Reform and Informal Labour in a Developing Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011 (with S. Marjit).

  • “FDI and business internationalization of the unorganized sector: Evidence from Indian manufacturing.” World Development 83 (2016): 340–349 (with H. Beladi and M. Dutta).

  • “Public and private sector jobs, unreported income and consumption gap in India: Evidence from micro-data.” The North American Journal of Economics and Finance 29:C (2014): 285–300 (with S. Saha and P. Roy).

  • “Emigration and wage inequality.” Economics Letters 88:1 (2005): 141–145 (with S. Marjit).