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The initial impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on household incomes

Brewer, Mike and Gardiner, Laura (2020) 'The initial impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on household incomes.' Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 36 (S1). S187 - S199. ISSN 0266-903X

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As soon as the scale of the coronavirus shock to the economy became clear, the UK government introduced three policies to protect directly household incomes: a Job Retention Scheme, to pay the wages of employees who were temporarily furloughed; a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, to give grants to established self-employed people whose businesses had been affected; and a package of increases to entitlements to social security benefits, with Universal Credit at the core, that bolstered the UK’s means-tested ‘safety net’. This paper analyses the design and beneficiaries of these policies and, given the distributional pattern of the labour market shock, considers the emerging overall impact on living standards, particularly of low-income households.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 13:39
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 14:08

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