Showing all Publications in Covid 19

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Remittances in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for growth in developing countries

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented restrictions on travel, trade, and economic activity, triggering a global economic crisis. Remittances to developing countries are falling sharply as a result. Migrant workers and their families, many dependent on the remittance flows sent from abroad, are expected to suffer acutely. This brief underscores the importance...

    16 Jun 2020 | Joevas Asare, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Moussa Saab, Nan Sandi, Laura Sili, Nick Wilkinson, Dean Yang

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Note d'orientation COVID-19 d'IGC: Stratégies de confinement et soutien aux foyers vulnérables

    Dans tous les pays en développement, les décideurs politiques sont confrontés à la nécessité de prendre des décisions rapides pour répondre à la crise liée au COVID-19, avec peu de données ou de conseil à leur disposition. L'IGC s'efforce d'accompagner ces processus de prise de décision en augmentant l'apport de données et en distillant des orientations...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jonathan Leape

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    La prise de décisions politiques en période d'incertitude : le confinement intelligent avec apprentissage actif

    La pandémie de COVID-19 entraîne une crise sanitaire et économique d'une ampleur sans précédent pour cette génération. Avec des preuves limitées sur lesquelles s'appuyer, il est difficile de comprendre quelles politiques utiliser. Face à cette incertitude, des fermetures généralisées ont été imposées dans de nombreux pays développés et en...

    11 Jun 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Smart containment: How low-income countries can tailor their COVID-19 response

    Low-income countries will have a much harder time putting their economies in a “medically induced coma” in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). They are home to many of the extreme poor, who, for the most part, have no option but to live in overcrowded conditions with limited access to clean water and sanitation. They work in the informal sector, often for a...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jishnu Das, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Social protection in fragile states

    Despite various challenges, social protection is more important than ever right now for fragile countries that already house a large share of the world’s poor. The World Bank is estimating that the COVID-19 crisis has the potential to push about 40-60 million more people into extreme poverty, erasing decades of anti-poverty efforts. The World Bank has documented that...

    11 Jun 2020 | Rema Hanna

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Policymaking in uncertain times: Smart containment with active learning (Arabic version)

    تؤدي جائحة فيروس كورونا المستجد (COVID-19) إلى كوارث صحية واقتصادية بدرجة غير مسبوقة على هذا الجيل، ومع محدودية الأدلة التي يمكن الاعتماد عليها، يصعب فهم السياسات التي يجب استخدامها. في ظل هذه الأوقات...

    2 Jun 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tracking the economic consequences and responses to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    29 May 2020 | Niccoló Meriggi, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Macartan Humphreys, Herbert M'cleod, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Wilson Prichard, Peter van der Windt, Maarten Voors, Matthew Krupoff , Madison Levine, Ashwini Shridhar

  • Publication - Working Paper

    How should policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ in the developing world?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already led to dramatic policy responses in most advanced economies, and in particular sustained lockdowns matched with sizeable transfers to much of the workforce. This paper provides a preliminary quantitative analysis of how aggregate policy responses should differ in developing countries. To do so we build an incomplete-markets...

    26 May 2020 | Titan Alon, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Mitchell VanVuren

  • Publication - Policy note

    Easing the burden of Covid-19 in Uganda: Lowering food prices by reducing tariffs

    This note explores a measure to ease economic pressure from COVID-19 in Uganda: the elimination of high import tariffs on four important agricultural products, namely rice, vegetable oil, sugar and wheat/wheat flour. Using a dataset on household income derived from as well as expenditure on agricultural products, the researcher estimates that eliminating tariffs on...

    22 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in sub-Saharan Africa

    This brief quantifies the direct and immediate impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa: Using new data on income streams under lockdowns in developing countries, researchers simulate the effects of containment measures implemented by 32 countries, focusing on school, public transport, and workplace closures. The impact of workplace...

    11 May 2020 | Matthieu Teachout, Celine Zipfel