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7th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Vaccinating South Asia

March 3-4, 2021


  • Vaccinating South Asia against COVID-19 will provide the surest path to economic recovery, but many practical issues in vaccinating the region need to be addressed. Preliminary estimates suggest that accelerating the end of the pandemic through a vaccine by only one month could have benefits of $43 billion in South Asia alone. Good news regarding at least three vaccine candidates has encouraged hope globally that the pandemic may be close to an end, but many issues remain, including bottlenecks in supply chains and production, issues related to allocation of scarce vaccine and equity, and the fiscal impacts that purchasing and delivering a COVID-19 vaccine broadly will have on South Asian governments.

  • Against this backdrop, the World Bank and the South Asia Economic Policy Network invite papers addressing one of the following (or related) questions:

    • Once available, how should a vaccine or vaccines be allocated among groups in the population? What are the equity considerations, and how should these be weighed against the economic and health aggregate benefits?
    • What will be the fiscal implications of purchasing and broadly distributing a COVID-19 vaccine in South Asia? How should South Asian governments prepare for and finance these expenditures? What are the implications for other areas of the budget?

    We strongly encourage the submission of high-quality and internationally publishable academic papers. The conference on March 3 and 4, 2021 will be virtual consisting of two 3-hour sessions. The sessions will feature paper presentations, a keynote lecture by Michael Kremer (University Professor and 2019 Nobel Laureate in economics, University of Chicago), and a high-level policy panel.

    Submission: Please email your paper to

    Deadline: January 29, 2021

    Program Committee: Hans Timmer, Maurizio Bussolo, Jean Lee, Valerie Mercer-Blackman and Robert Beyer (all World Bank). The Program Committee will evaluate all papers in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. Authors of accepted papers will be informed by email on Friday, February 12, 2021.


  • DEADLINE: January 29, 2021
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