Proving a Causal Link

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OUR RESEARCH FINDINGS TO DATE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROVE A CAUSAL LINK BETWEEN IMPROVED WORKER WELFARE AND INCREASED PROFITS.

  • EYE-HEALTH CARE

    EYE-HEALTH CARE

    Low-income workers often may not have the access, awareness or financial capacity to seek eye-health care. Poor vision and absence of vision correction not only affects their overall quality of life but also has productivity implications in the workplace. Our randomized controlled trial will aim to understand how providing basic eye-health care to workers affects both, worker welfare and business outcomes.
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  • UNLOCKING FEMALE LABOR FORCE

    RURAL TRAINING CENTERS

    The Female Labor Force Participation Rate (FLPR) in India is low, and shrinking. To link skilling and female empowerment, central and state governments in India are subsidizing rural training centers that provide free vocational training and guaranteed employment opportunities to low income women in rural areas. We are randomizing the placement of 10 rural training centers being set up by Shahi Exports across 20 candidate regions in rural Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
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  • SOFT SKILLS TRAINING FOR WORKERS

    SOFT-SKILLS TRAINING FOR WORKERS

    The P.A.C.E. program trains female garment workers in soft skills and life skills such as financial awareness, problem solving, reproductive health and decision making. Our research has shown that investing in these life skills delivers measurable ROI to businesses. Female P.A.C.E. workers were 11-12% more productive. Additional person days and worker productivity provided a 250+% net return on investment after nine months of program completion.
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  • SOFT-SKILLS TRAINING FOR MANAGERS

    SOFT SKILLS TRAINING FOR MANAGERS

    S.T.I.C.H. (Supervisors' Transformation Into Change Holders) soft-skills program is aimed at addressing the issues of abuse and harassment on factory floors and enhancing team productivity. It trains the factory floor supervisors in soft-skills that are the most important determinants of productivity to improve workplace outcomes, and the general work environment.
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  • BUDDY SYSTEM

    BUDDY SYSTEM

    Our preliminary evidence suggests that low-income workers can experience mental distress and adjustment problems upon migrating to urban settings for work. The buddy system project aims address this by pairing new workers with someone ethnically, linguistically and geographically similar to them, to help them better cope with lifestyle changes resulting from migration. The Lab is now looking to implement a full scale-up of the buddy system in randomized phases to rigorously evaluate the impact of the program at full scale.
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  • IMPROVING PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS

    THE NO SWEAT SHOP

    Garment factories in India rarely control for temperature or pollution. Our research unequivocally confirms that environmentally friendly technology upgrades to mitigate them have first order benefits of environmental impacts, and can improve both worker welfare, and productivity.
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