CESD’s Labor Team is providing training and capacity building to graduating students from the Yangon University of Economics as they prepare to undertake research on the socio-economic impacts of the minimum wage. A legal minimum wage was introduced in Myanmar in September 2015. It’s impact on employees and employers will be the focus of the research undertaken by the University of Economics students.
Providing training and capacity-building is one of CESD’s main areas of work. CESD’s Labor Team initiated a collaboration with professors, lecturers and graduate students from the Yangon University of Economics (YUE), initially providing support for a survey on the socio-economic impact of Myanmar’s minimum wage on employees and employers.
The university’s final-year students are required to write a term paper about the social and economic changes resulting from the minimum wage law, which was enacted in September 2015. A specific focus will be on the challenges and opportunities that employers are facing. Students are going to implement two small surveys, one for employees and one for employers, which will focus on the impact of the minimum wage by studying worker’s household and individual expenses, job hopping, working conditions, productivity and employer profit margins before and after the law was enacted.
This is the YUE’s first experience with its students conducting a survey on industrial or labour market issues.
As part of its support, CESD engaged in formal and informal discussions with professors from the YUE Kamayut campus and assisted in designing the survey and research methodology. CESD researchers also visited the YUE Ywar Thar Gyi campus to explain the background of minimum wage reform in Myanmar, share experiences of data collection and interviewing, and present CESD’s minimum wage documentary and survey questionnaires to students.
CESD will continue to support and cooperate with these students as well as the university to build and develop skills in research and analysis.