Northwestern Univesity expands on results from a paper in February 2021 on the economic impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries. Overall, findings showed the pandemic took a significant toll on key livelihood outcomes—including food security, employment, and domestic violence—across several LMICs and that the economic shock will have long-term consequences. Dean Karlan and Chris Udry discuss the challenges of developing the phone surveys used in the study and how this data can be used to determine a path forward. For example, emergency cash transfers in Togo were found to be an effective short-term solution.
July 30, 2021