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Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities (FECO)
International Conference on the
“Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities”(FECO 2023)
18-19-20 January 2023
COVID-19 brought about a number of changes in the economy. Today, we are into the second year of the pandemic but governments are still operating under uncertainty about when and whether another wave would strike. According to the ILO World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2022, global unemployment has been projected to be 207 million in end-2022.
The pandemic’s impact has been particularly devastating for the labor markets in developing nations that have high levels of inequality, heterogeneous working conditions, and weak social protection systems. Although developing countries have used a large range of measures to address the crisis, the relief packages were insufficient owing to their limited fiscal space. Also, the presence of a large informal economy reduced the efficacy of such policy instruments. In this scenario, job losses have compounded the financial stress for the already economically vulnerable households and estimates suggest that the pandemic pushed approximately 77 million into extreme poverty during 2020-21 (Mahler et al. 2021).
A significant feature for the formal sector was the new culture of working from home, which brought in sudden changes in the working conditions and adapting to new technologies. While most of the skilled workforce started remote offices, the option was not feasible for majority of the jobs in the emerging nations, which adversely impacted a large part of the workforce in terms of job losses, pay cuts and uncertainty of returning to their workplace.
Against this backdrop, Symbiosis School of Economics is organizing an international conference on Future of Employment, Challenges and Opportunities (FECO) in January 2023. The objective is to discuss the social and economic developments in the employment and livelihood opportunities around the world; challenges faced during the COVID period and to explore the future opportunities.
FECO 2023 – CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (tentative)
Curtain Raiser Event
TRACK 1 : Labor Sector Reforms and Policies
The World Development Report on Jobs highlights that labor reforms should focus on creation of jobs, removing obstacles to unemployment and also should address issues such as asymmetric information, uneven bargaining power, employment-related risks etc. Overall, labor laws need to protect workers’ rights and establish a conducive environment for employment opportunities, especially in middle and low income countries that struggle with low labor force participation and high unemployment. However, formulating labor laws that are friendly for both employer and employee has been a great challenge for policy makers.
TRACK 2 : The Informal Sector
According to ILO (2020), over 2 billion workers earned their livelihoods in the informal economy, which is 62% of the labor force. Informal employment represents 90% of total employment in low-income countries, 67% in middle-income countries and 18% in high-income countries. However, informal firms do not contribute to the tax base, characterized with low productivity, no formal job contracts and limited access to finance.
TRACK 3 : Women and Employment
The decision for a woman to seek a formal job is a complex issue involving not only skills and education but also social norms, cultural concerns, responsibilities for children and elderly, household responsibilities and availability of appropriate employment opportunities. It is important to look into the demand-side and supply-side drivers for women labor force participation, especially in emerging nations like India
TRACK 4 : COVID-19 and the changing employment scenarios
COVID-19 pandemic disrupted labor markets globally since 2020. Perhaps the most obvious impact was the dramatic increase in employees working remotely. McKinsey (2020) found that most companies reported positive experiences with remote work during the pandemic and wished to continue the scenario post-COVID too. However, the brunt of the crisis was borne by the vulnerable groups of ethnic minorities, migrants, low-paid low-skilled laborers.
Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
Distribution of certificates and Best Paper Award
15th July 2022 Call for Papers 15th November 2022 Submission of Full Papers 15th December 2022 Decision for acceptance for papers & Registration 10th January 2023 Last Date for registration for Conference 18th to 20th January 2023 FECO Conference
CONFERENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- Dr. S B Mujumdar - Chancellor
- Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar - Pro-Chancellor
- Dr. Rajani Gupte - Vice Chancellor
- Dr. Jyoti Chandiramani - Director SSE and Dean, FOHSS
SSE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
- Dr. Jyoti Chandiramani - Director
- Dr. Sudipa Majumdar - Professor
- Dr. Niharika Singh - Assistant Professor
- Dr. Shuchi Misra - Assistant Professor
- Dr. Gargi Patil - Assistant Professor
- Dr. Sneha Kumari - Assistant Professor
- Mr. Sumit Oberoi - Research Assistant
- Ms. Shilpi Singh - Network Engineer
- Mr. Janardan Kshirsagar - IT Support
- Mr. Vaibhav Kawishkar - Sr. IT Support
Please feel free to contact anyone from the SSE Conference Committee on the email below
The Organising Committee of The 2023 International Conference on Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities (FECO 2023) is calling for research paper submissions.
To present your research at the conference the FULL PAPER must first pass the peer review process. Full text papers should be submitted by 15 November 2022, using the link below. There is no maximum number of pages for each article (Arial 12pt, 1.5 spacing) but it is advisable not to exceed fifteen (15) pages.
FECO 2023 welcomes papers in the following Streams:
- Labour Market Reforms and Policies
- Employment in the Informal Sector
- Women and Employment
- COVID-19 and the changing employment scenarios
The decision of the peer review process will be communicated to the authors within two weeks of submission.
The accepted papers will qualify for presentation at the FECO 2023 (10 -12 minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes discussion).
Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.
Submit your full paper by using the EasyChair submission link:
Contact information for the conference:
Prof. Sudipa Majumdar,
Conference Chair, FECO 2023
Symbiosis School of Economics
Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411004.
- Conference Registration fee for presenters (including Conference pack – Lunch and refreshments on 19th and 20th January 2023 Conference dinners on 18th and 19th January 2023)
- Conference Attendee fee (Lunch and refreshments on 19th and 20th January)
- Student concessional fee
- Foreign Delegates
- INR 3000
- INR 1500
- INR 1000
- USD 150
Accommodation charges at Symbiosis Guest House at Lavale would be separate.