The labor market and poverty impacts of covid-19 in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Jain, Ronak
dc.contributor.author Budlender, Joshua
dc.contributor.author Zizzamia, Rocco
dc.contributor.author Bassier, Ihsaan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-30T14:14:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-30T14:14:44Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07
dc.identifier.citation Jain, R., Budlender, J., Zizzamia, R., Bassier, I. (2020). The labor market and poverty impacts of covid-19 in South Africa. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper No. 264)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928516-25-5
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/980
dc.description.abstract We use newly-released South African data to present the first estimates of COVID-19-related employment and poverty impacts in a developing country. We observe a 40% decline in active employment. Half of this comprises job terminations, suggesting persistent labor market effects. Initially vulnerable groups are disproportionately affected. Exploiting the dataset's panel dimension and comparing lockdown incomes of job losers to re-weighted job retainers, we estimate that 20-33% of job losers fall into poverty. Only 20% of those temporarily not working received the intended relief, while a third of job losers had no access to any major form of social protection. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The authors contributed equally to this work. Author order is randomized. We are very grateful to Debbie Budlender, Reza Daniels, Arindrajit Dube, Leila Gautham, Edward Glaeser, Claudia Goldin,Alyssa Huberts, Lawrence Katz, Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Gabriel Kriendler, Pramila Krishnan, Murray Leibbrandt, Aarti Malik, Suresh Naidu, Vimal Ranchhod, and participants at the Development Urban Public workshop at Harvard Economics Department and NIDS-CRAM Labor workshop, for helpful comments and discussions. We are also especially grateful to all those on the NIDS-CRAM team - without their hard work producing the data under extreme time pressure this research would not have been possible. The authors gratefully acknowledge funding for the project through NIDS-CRAM. Any errors remain our own. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;264
dc.subject Labor markets en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject unemployment en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.subject social protection en_US
dc.title The labor market and poverty impacts of covid-19 in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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