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Will COVID-19 lead to half a billion more people living in poverty in developing countries?

by Andy Sumner, Chris Hoy, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez
The impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries are starting to be felt. The Economist went as far as to call it the ‘next calamity’, noting how overlooked the impact on poorer countries has been. One relevant question is this: What will be the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty numbers? Chris Hoy, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, and myself decided to take a look in a new WIDER Working Paper. Our estimates show that, regardless of the scenario, global poverty could increase for the...

Is Mozambique prepared for a lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic?

John Hogg / World Bank
We calculated a lockdown readiness index for Mozambique and the results don’t look good. If lockdown policies are needed to halt the spread of the virus, the government will also need to take extraordinary measures to provide a minimum of basic services for people living under a lockdown. They should begin preparing these measures today, as part and parcel of other readiness plans. The international community will also need to marshall resources to help. As of this writing, the COVID...

To die from hunger or the virus

by Marty Chen
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On March 24, in a speech to the nation, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown. With only four hours’ notice, 1.3 billion people were expected to stay at home and not venture out for three weeks. All buses, trains and domestic air flights were suspended. But the authorities had not planned for, much less prepared for, how to handle an abrupt lockdown in such a vast, complex and unequal country. Panic and chaos ensued. Across the country, the affluent...

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Is Mozambique prepared for a lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We calculated a lockdown readiness index for Mozambique and the results don’t look good...

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COVID-19 and lockdowns: Are women more affected?
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Globally, governments are using lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has disproportionately affected the poor, the homeless, and the migrants who are left without livelihoods, especially where the lockdown is country-wide, as in India...

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To die from hunger or the virus: An all too real dilemma for the poor in India (and elsewhere)
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On March 24, in a speech to the nation, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown. With only four hours’ notice, 1.3 billion people were expected to stay at home and not venture out for three weeks...

informal work Informality COVID-19
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Will COVID-19 lead to half a billion more people living in poverty in developing countries?

The impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries are starting to be felt. The Economist went as far as to call it the ‘next calamity’ , noting how overlooked the impact on poorer countries has been...

COVID-19 poverty and consumption
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7555 km and beyond: Working together to achieve the SDGs

'It was great to have enough time to discuss each paper. I received useful and frank feedback. The topics are relevant for everyone...

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Eight lessons on small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam March 2020

The structural changes of the economy have been a significant contributor to Vietnam’s impressive growth over the past 30 years...

SMEs Microeconomics Private sector
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Welfare works: redistribution is the way to create less violent, less unequal societies

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought ' in from the cold '...

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Why is inequality in South Africa higher than in Germany?: Explaining income distributions with ‘decompositions’

The understanding of inequality requires the analysis of changes in income distributions across countries and over time as well as the identification of its drivers...

Economic inequality Income inequality Methodology (Economics)
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When COVID-19 comes to Africa

There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected...

COVID19 Global health Africa
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Solving the PhD puzzle: My experience as a visiting PhD Fellow
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I am now in my fourth year as a PhD student in development studies at SOAS, University of London, working on my thesis, ‘The Dynamics of Chinese Private Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Ethiopia: A Comparison of Light Manufacturing Industry...

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Meet the women behind the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development programme

Globally, women are under-represented in the field of economics. Only a third of all academic research staff in the field of economics in Europe are women. In the US the share is even lower ...

Gender women empowerment women's work
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Miner’s son turned mining researcher

Tony Addison is the first in his family not to become a miner. He has decades of experience in development economics and economic reform in developing countries. It was a rainy day in London at the turn of the 1980s...

Research Brief
Growth and employment in Asia: A complex relationship March 2020

One common characteristic of the fast-growing countries with good labour market outcomes — Korea, China, Vietnam — was their initially equal household income level, which was the result of renewed distribution of income...

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The quantity and quality of women’s work March 2020

Over the past three decades, there has been notable progress on certain key dimensions of gender equality. Almost universally the gender gap in education has been narrowed and commitments to secure equal access to employment have advanced...

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From small beginnings, big impact

2020 marks the 35th year of UNU-WIDER’s impact in the sphere of development economics...

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How a data revolution in South Africa can help address gender inequality

In 2016, we joined a project in South Africa working to make tax data available for research purposes...

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