Media Mentions

Why A Drop Of 4 Degrees Made A Big Difference For A Garment Maker's Bottom Line

By National Public Radio / 23-Jul-2018

The researchers found that at those 26 factories, the mercury spiked above the heat stress threshold (roughly 85 degrees inside the factory) one quarter of the time. And once the temperature passed that tipping point, for every extra degree it got hotter, productivity went down by 3 percent and profits went down by 2.2 percent.


Good Business Lab: New foundation promotes soft skills for workers in garment sector

By The Economic Times / 31-Mar-2018

"Our goal with starting a foundation is to study interventions that have the potential to impact worker welfare while also promoting the growth of firms," Adhvaryu said in a statement. "We incubate new ideas and serve as a platform to disseminate findings from our research."


Job growth in India: Development means creating good jobs

By Financial Express / 21-Mar-2018

Job growth in India that accompanies output growth is anemic, although not absent. We need to focus on the process of creating jobs in which workers are more productive.


New foundation promotes soft skills for workers in India

By Michigan News / 21-Mar-2018

Training workers with soft skills like time and stress management, problem solving, communication and teamwork can have big impacts on the productivity of workers and company profits, says a University of Michigan researcher Achyuta Adhvaryu, assistant professor of business economics and public policy at Michigan's Ross School of Business.


Role of private sector in the holistic skilling of India’s workforce

By Ideas For India / 14-Mar-2018

Businesses in developing countries are characterized by low labour productivity. This suppressed productivity is reflected in the remuneration workers receive.


3 In 4 Indian Women Don’t Work. Can Skilling And Guaranteed Jobs Change That?

By IndiaSpend / 12-Mar-2018

Through our experiment, we want to see how training and employing a woman does not just generate additional income but has spillover effects on her family and community. Does it change a woman’s time-use pattern and alter the gendered nature of household tasks?


Investing in Worker Welfare Increases Welfare and Firm Productivity: Good Business Lab

By BusinessWorld / 11-Jan-2018

In an exclusive interview with BW Businessworld, the three co-founders of Good Business Lab, Achyuta Adhvaryu: Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Anant Nyshadham: Assistant Professor of Economics, Boston College and Anant Ahuja: Head of Organizational Development, Shahi Exports discuss the research of Good Business Lab and why it is wise for firms to invest in its workers’ welfare.


Six Months In — And Here are the Six Big Things We Have Learned as a Social Startup

By Snigdha Shahi and Lavanya Garg / 06-Jan-2018

What are some crucial decisions a startup makes in those first 6 months? Here's a cheatsheet on gaining momentum and keeping your audiences coming back for more.


The skills to pay the bills: Returns to on-the-job soft skills training

By Vox Dev / 16-Oct-2017

In a randomized controlled trial in India, the returns to a firm’s investment in worker soft skill training were nearly 250% after nine months.


Worker productivity and soft skills

By World Bank / 07-Sep-2017

There’s a lot of talk about soft skills and how they might help boost productivity and earnings. Into this literature comes a neat new paper by Achyuta Adhvaryu, Namrata Kala, and Anant Nyshadham.


An Experiment in India Shows How Much Companies Have to Gain by Investing in Their Employees

By Harvard Business Review / 25-Jul-2017

For many low-wage workers in India, basic skills training can be the difference between economic empowerment and persistent poverty.


What Dolly Kumari Learned–And How It Could Change India’s Textiles Industry

By IndiaSpend / 18-Apr-2017

In 2014, Dolly Kumari, then 19, left her home in Jharkhand, to a new job as a tailor at a garment factory in Bengaluru. Today, Kumari is one of two assistant line supervisors on the factory floor, overseeing the work of 119 tailors.