Many emerging and developing economies are outperforming advanced economies in terms of the stringency of lockdowns even though the costs in terms of destitution, hunger, and death by other means are much higher. In India, which has one of the strictest lockdowns, the vulnerability of the population – especially the poor – is accentuated by the fact that 90% of the Indian workforce is in the informal sector with no job security or benefits. This poses practical challenges and specific requirements for any safety net provided by the government and the exit strategy it can take to come out of lockdown.
This webinar explores differences across and within states in the implementation of national policies and the provision of support to those most vulnerable. What lessons can be drawn for “smart lockdown” policies and more effective mitigation of the economic and political impact from these policies? Join the discussion on India's COVID-19 policies, the lessons learnt so far and recommendations for the future.
Kaushik Basu, Cornell University.
Ashwini Deshpande, Ashoka University.
Maitreesh Ghatak, LSE and CEPR.
Debraj Ray, NYU and CEPR.
This event has been organised by the Institute of Global Affairs, the School of Public Policy and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).
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