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  • Event

    IGC India Research Conference: Evidence for state effectiveness on Bihar

    An effective state with strong and inclusive institutions is a fundamental requirement for sustaining economic growth. The quality of governance and public service delivery can affect economic growth due to its impact on human capital, widening poverty, increasing inequality and corruption. It is agreed that there is a governance deficit in India and Bihar and while there...

    28 May 2021

  • Blog post

    The resilience of informal labour markets: Insights from Uganda

    While the lockdown in Uganda resulted in a large but temporary shock to SME activity, mature labour relationships were highly resilient to the lockdown, and a large share of workers were able to temporarily engage in alternative income generating activities during the lockdown. On 30th of March 2020, the Government of Uganda implemented a hard lockdown for a 14-day...

    18 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Project Report

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to the COVID-19 shock

    In this final report, we use data from a phone survey with young workers tracked regularly since 2012 as part of an RCT on active labour market policies (Alfonsi et al. 2020) to document how they were impacted by the COVID-19 related lockdown. We targeted 1,700 young workers and successfully traced and interviewed 74% of them. The survey was conducted between October and...

    14 May 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Anna Vitali

  • Project

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from Uganda

    Throughout 2020, governments around the world put in place restrictions to economic activity to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, the Government implemented one of Africa’s strictest lockdowns, which lasted for two months from late March. As a result, economic activity halted throughout the country. In this project, we study how the labour market outcomes of...

    14 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC India conference: The impact of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing

    The nationwide lockdown last year disrupted food supply chains, and access to food was a very real concern for millions of households. India has some of the world’s largest food security schemes to address malnutrition and hunger. While the initiatives seem promising, the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in the effective delivery of midday meals and the public...

    14 May 2021

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC India conference: The impact of COVID-19 on labour markets

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns are disrupting the lives of millions of workers through layoffs and reduction in working hours and wages. At the same time, India witnessed one of the largest exoduses of labour migrants, a large population usually employed in informal, low-paid jobs and with no or limited access to social protection measures and job security....

    14 May 2021

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC India conference: The economic impact of COVID-19 on households

    Nearly 84% of Indian households witnessed a decrease in income during the initial lockdown and the months following it. While the well-off can manage, there are grave concerns about how the poor can cope and survive future lockdowns. This webinar explores how households coped with the economic effects of lockdowns, and whether existing and new welfare schemes are effective...

    13 May 2021

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Economic activity and living standards during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from rural Kenya

    Detailed quantitative evidence on the evolution of economic outcomes during the COVID-19 health crisis in low-income countries remains scarce. This study examines the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns using phone surveys from a representative sample of 11,000 households and 5,000 businesses in one of the poorest regions in Kenya. Surveys started early in the pandemic,...

    12 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker, Dennis Egger

  • Publication - Project Report

    Understanding economic effects and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from a cash transfer project in Kenya

    12 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Dennis Egger, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

  • Project

    Understanding the economic effects and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from a cash transfer project in Kenya

    COVID-19 is causing negative health and economic effects around the globe. Government measures to reduce transmission such as are challenging in many sub-Saharan African contexts, sparking an active debate about the most effective course of action from both epidemiological and economic perspectives. By using high-frequency phone survey data, this project aims to provide...

    12 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker, Dennis Egger