The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) has been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 globally and is following governmental guidance according to where our staff and grant recipients are based.
At this time, we are continuing our operations almost normally, adapting to the rapidly changing situation. All international travel planned for staff, resource persons and researchers has been cancelled or postponed. Nevertheless, PEP research work is currently expected to continue while adapting to local situations and restrictions.
The health and wellbeing of PEP researchers, resource persons, and staff are our priority. It is essential that everyone cooperates to limit the spread of this disease in the world. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the coming months together.
PEP has launched a Facebook group as a place to discuss socio-economic evidence that may be useful for designing and informing COVID-19 response policies at global and national levels. Join the discussion at www.facebook.com/groups/pep.covid19response. You can also tweet using the hashtag #covid19policyresponse and share via the LinkedIn group.
We are working with partners to explore how our locally-based researchers can contribute to the effort to forecast the economic impacts of COVID-19 and investigate possible policy responses.
PEP is a founding member of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, which has a dedicated page on COVID-19 with links to various other initiatives.
Other information sources
- Socialprotection.org: COVID-19 platform (currently supported by IPC-IG (host), GiZ and Dfat) with links to various other initiatives
- The World Bank:
- Platform and blog, with links to various other initiatives
- A “living” paper: Social Protection and Jobs Responses to COVID-19: A Real-Time Review of Country Measures
- IMF policy tracker
- Vox.eu research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists: Economics in the Time of COVID-19
- OECD web page on impacts, consequences and policy responses to COVID-19
- Free books by leading economists:
- Open COVID-19 policy dataset and blog post
Readings by PEP researchers, Research Fellows, Resource Persons and members of the Board of Directors
- COVID-19 Pandemic, a War to be Won: Understanding its Economic Implications for Africa by PEP Research Fellow John Ataguba in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (2020)
- Impact économique du Confinement en Guadeloupe - PEP Scientific Mentors Sebastien Mathouraparsad and Bernard Decaluwé analyse the economic effects of Guadeloupe's containment measures (PDF, in French)
- Potential Effects of Lockdown in the Philippines due to COVID-19: Lessening the Impact on Poor Households DLSU-AKI Policy Brief by Caesar Cororaton, Marites Tiongco, and Arlene Inocencio
- Covid-19 Exacerbates the Youth Employment Challenge in the Western Balkans by PEP Research Fellow Marjan Petreski on the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog
- Suggestions for the Emergency - UNDP LAC Covid-19 Policy Document by PEP Board member Santiago Levy
- Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Policy Options in Argentina - UNDP LAC Covid-19 Policy Document by PEP Research Director Maria Laura Alzua and Paula Gosis
- Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty in MENA countries: Focus on child poverty - Literature review by Guy Morel Kossivi Amouzou Agbe
- Winners and Losers from COVID-19 : Global Evidence from Google Search - World Bank Policy Research Working Paper by Kibrom A. Abay, Kibrom Tafere, Andinet Woldemichael
- 'Not a Good Time': Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Africa by PEP Board member Hanan Morsy, PEP researcher Lacina Balma, and Adamon Ndungu Mukasa (AFDB)
- New (July 30th) Boosting Youth Entrepreneurship Through Informal Credit in Benin by Gbetoton Nadege Djossou, Jacob Novignon, and their PEP Scientific Mentor, Abdelkrim Araar, for the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog, based on the team's PEP project
- Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries
- Latin America and the outbreak of COVID-19: a chronicle of multiple crises (also in Spanish)
- Latin America and the outbreak of COVID-19: a chronicle of multiple crises II (also in Spanish)
We invite suggestions for other resources/readings, please email our Communications Officer.