The Good Business Lab aims to improve the lives of low-income workers by proving, through rigorous economic research, that better social welfare for workers can deliver measurable financial returns to businesses. We are a non-profit registered as a Section 8 company under the Indian Companies Act, and a 501(c)3 organization in the United States of America.

What problems are we trying to solve?

The labor market in India is broken. Common constraints hold back workers and firms alike.
Excluded Women Workers
  • The female labor force participation in India is drastically low and shrinking, even as the economy grows
  • Companies struggle to find enough workers to meet ever-growing needs
Critical Skill Gap
  • The current capacity for skilling cannot meet the vast needs of India's idle and under-skilled workforce
  • Scarce, ill-equipped workers and primitive management confine manufacturing firms to a fraction of their productive potential
Poor Job Quality
  • Low wages and tense, oppressive work environments limit worker productivity and reliability
  • Excessive worker turnover drives up recruitment and training costs for firms, holding down productivity

How are we solving these shared problems?

Through shared solutions that benefit both workers and firms.
1. Unlocking Female Labor
Addressing the practical and societal barriers women face to joining the workforce. read more
2. Closing the Skill Gap
Skilling both workers and managers to realize the full potential of the workforce. read more
3. Raising Job Quality
Building comfortable, supportive work environments to ensure workers thrive and grow. read more

Our Partners

Department for International Development, UK Government
Boston College
University of Michigan
Shahi Exports
Options and Solutions
University of Maryland
International Growth Centre
University of Southern California
Yale University
Gap Inc.
Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL)
University of Hawaii
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University


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