Showing all Publications in Covid 19

  • Copyright : Kutty V. / ILO
    Publication - Policy Brief

    Using online job portals to track the real-time impacts of COVID-19 in India

    A real-time assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy (and labour markets in particular) has been an important policy challenge, especially in low-income countries like India. We leverage real-time, high-frequency data on over 300,000 job postings from, India’s second largest online job portal, to investigate the impact of lockdowns on the...

    2 Jun 2021 | Gaurav Chiplunkar , Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Which jobs are lost during a lockdown? Evidence from vacancy postings in India

    1 Jun 2021 | Gaurav Chiplunkar , Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane

  • Publication - Project Report

    The resilience of informal labour markets

    This project studies labour relations in informal economies where there are no written contracts, employment benefits, or protection for workers. ‘Informality’ is a defining characteristic of labour markets in most developing countries, making the study of employment relationships and related policy challenges especially difficult due to the paucity of administrative...

    20 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

  • 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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on coffee exports in Uganda

    The recent COVID-19 pandemic has come at an overwhelming cost to the Ugandan economy. However, Uganda’s coffee sector appears to have been relatively resilient to the recent crisis to date. As a ‘necessity’ product based on futures contracts, commercial coffee is likely to be less subject to huge demand shocks in the short run. At the same time, the onset of...

    12 May 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Ameet Morjaria

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on SMEs and employment relationships in Uganda

    During 2020, governments in many developing countries introduced severe restrictions on economic activity and mobility to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, public transport and non-essential businesses were closed from early April to June 2020. This policy brief reports on the results from a phone survey of a representative sample of SMEs and their workers...

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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    SMEs in Uganda: Profits and labour force shrink during COVID-19

    While the strict lockdown measures implemented in many developing countries aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they also risk increasing poverty and vulnerability by lowering economic activity. Uganda experienced some of the toughest lockdowns in the world. This policy brief presents key findings from a panel of over 1,600 smal and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...

    6 May 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Francesco Loiacono, Andreas Madestam, Miri Stryjan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    COVID-19 in slum communities of Patna and Bengaluru: Economic versus health impact

    This study examines the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns. We combine extensive baseline survey data (from 2016) with repeated phone interviews conducted July-November 2020 with 120 key informants in 20 slums each in Bengaluru and Patna. Our team has been studying slum communities in India for more than a decade....

    5 May 2021 | Anirudh Krishna, Emily Rains, Harlan Downs-Tepper