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Unequal consequences of Covid 19: representative evidence from six countries

Belot, Michèle and Choi, Syngjoo and Tripodi, Egon and Broek-Altenburg, Eline van den and Jamison, Julian C and Papageorge, Nicholas W (2021) 'Unequal consequences of Covid 19: representative evidence from six countries.' Review of Economics of the Household. ISSN 1569-5239

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Covid-19 and the measures taken to contain it have led to unprecedented constraints on work and leisure activities, across the world. This paper uses nationally representative surveys to document how people of different ages and incomes have been affected in the early phase of the pandemic. The data was collected in six countries (China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, UK, and US) in the third week of April 2020. First, we document changes in job circumstances and social activities. Second, we document self-reported negative and positive consequences of the crisis on well-being. We find that young people have experienced more drastic changes to their life and have been most affected economically and psychologically. There is less of a systematic pattern across income groups. While lower income groups have been more affected economically, higher income groups have experienced more changes in their social life and spending. A large fraction of people of low and high income groups report negative effects on well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid, Inequalities, Age, Socio-economic gradient, Mental health, Public Support
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 09:01
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 09:01

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