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    Impact of COVID-19: Firms, jobs, and women’s employment

    Many businesses in the developing world have reopened following the end of lockdown restrictions. However, low demand is dragging on revenues and profitability, slowing any corresponding recovery in labour activity and employment. The nature of the shock means women’s employment is likely to be disproportionately affected, threatening to reverse progress in gender...

    1 Oct 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Impact of COVID-19: Poverty and livelihoods

    The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are stretching far beyond the spread of the disease. Efforts to contain transmission have triggered the worst global economic crisis in a century, devastating the livelihoods of millions. In the developing world, reduced incomes, food insecurity, inadequate education, and increased domestic violence, are all contributing to a...

    30 Sep 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Impact of COVID-19: Health and community

    COVID-19 has upended healthcare systems and derailed non-COVID-19 related treatments. Facing this, traditional and religious leaders, as well as community health workers, are playing a pivotal role. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing healthcare capacity the world over. With poorer facilities and fewer resources across the developing world, public health measures remain...

    28 Sep 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    How to manage urban density post-COVID-19?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LI6bZpYZL8&ab_channel=InternationalGrowthCentre The COVID-19 pandemic has brought urgency to the need to understand better the dynamics of urban density and examine how cities can overcome the downsides of density to create productive and livable cities through active policy decisions. This is particularly the case in developing countries...

    7 October 2020

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Terror and tourism: How bad news can harm economic development

    Reporting on violence often draws attention to countries which are typically not covered by international news outlets, leading to a bad news bias which can affect the view that people hold on these countries and have serious economic consequences. Tourism offers a unique chance to study the effect of news because tourists from different countries evaluate the same...

    27 Aug 2020 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

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    COVID-19 funding in federal systems: Lessons from Nepal

    With COVID-19, the federal governments of many developing countries are grappling with a crisis that requires both a central and local response. Coordinating across spheres can be tough, especially when the effects of the disease are amplified by other emergencies. Our survey of local governments in Nepal shows how mismatches between COVID-19 caseloads and funding can...

    27 Aug 2020 | Michael Callen, Rohini Pande, Trilochan Pokharel, Deepak Singhania

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    Ideas Matter: How migrating to cities can ease seasonal poverty

    Migrating to cities can help rural families escape downturns in the agricultural cycle. But for urban migration to be an effective tool for poverty alleviation, the costs of getting to cities, finding a job, and leaving home behind, need to be as low as possible. Lean seasons have been common throughout farming history. In The Discovery of France, Graham Robb describes how...

    26 Aug 2020 | Sebastian Kriticos

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    The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

    Buying carbon is too cheap and easy. 'Gateway tax', focussing on air pollution, could be initial step. Outdoor air pollution causes 4 million deaths a year. When it comes to climate policies, of those available, the economist’s preferred tool tends to be the elusive carbon tax’. Despite notable successes, the implementation of carbon...

    21 Aug 2020 | Oliver Harman, Ondine Berland

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    Ideas Matter: Sparking insights from the demand and supply side of electricity

    Understanding of both the demand and supply side is crucial for ensuring the proper functioning of the electricity market and the provision of electricity. Approximately one billion people, mainly located in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to electricity in their homes. This limits productive activities at the household level (prime example being...

    19 Aug 2020 | Joevas Asare

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    Reopening schools too early could spread COVID-19 even faster – especially in the developing world

    Low-income countries face a very different set of circumstances to high-income countries when it comes to reopening schools after lockdown. In developing countries, adults and the elderly generally have more contact with children than those in advanced economies. A new study predicts that delaying school openings could save lives. According to the latest UNESCO...

    17 Aug 2020 | David Lagakos, Emilie Yam