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The Evolving Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 in Four African Countries

March 18, 2021

Virtual seminar


Date: March 18, 2020

Time: 10:00-11:00am EST

Event Chair: Dean Jolliffe, Senior Advisor, Development Data Group

Discussant: David Newhouse, Senior Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice


Abstract: Attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19 have taken a dramatic toll on the global economy. Based on a recent working paper, this seminar will provide evidence on the evolving socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among households in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda. The analysis leverages the longitudinal data from the World Bank-supported phone surveys on COVID-19. In each country, the phone survey conducts monthly phone interviews with a national sample of households that had been interviewed face-to-face during the latest round of the pre-COVID-19 national longitudinal household survey that had been implemented by the respective national statistical office (NSO), with support from the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) program. The data allow estimating the immediate economic impacts of the pandemic, beginning in April 2020, and tracking how the situation evolved through September 2020. Although households have started to see recovery in income, business revenues, and food security, the gains have been relatively modest. Additionally, households have received very little outside assistance and their ability to cope with shocks remains limited. School closures have created a vacuum in education delivery and school-aged children have struggled to receive education services remotely.

Speakers: Talip Kilic, Senior Economist, Development Data Group; Anna Josephson, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

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    Talip Kilic is a Senior Economist at the World Bank Development Data Group; a member the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team; a core team member for the World Development Report 2021 on Data for Better Lives; and the focal point for the LSMS-supported COVID-19 phone surveys. His research focuses on poverty, agriculture, and gender in low- and middle-income countries, as well as survey methodology to improve the quality, timeliness and policy-relevance of household and farm surveys.

    Anna Josephson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on individuals and households around the world, working on food security and agriculture, under risky conditions. Much of this work is centered in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In her work, she studies the relationships between individuals and their risky environments and investigate how households and small firms make decisions to ensure survival under challenging conditions.

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