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COVID-19 Economic Impact Surveys is a joint initiative by the International Growth Centre (IGC) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) aiming to collect data on the economic impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented economic crisis. Governments everywhere are faced with innumerable, pressing policy questions around how they can protect their most vulnerable citizens during the crisis and deal with its economic impacts.

 

We have built a simple survey module that can be used to measure the impact of the crisis on a variety of economic agents, such as large companies, informal and small businesses, self-employed, workers, and farmers. 

 

Our goal is to make this data publicly available to produce research that will inform policy responses to the pandemic in the months to come. 

There are already 32 groups of researchers who have incorporated, or are planning to incorporate, this questionnaire into their projects to collect data in 16 different developing countries.

The data collected from this survey module will be posted on this website in the coming months. In the meantime, we encourage researchers to read about our survey module and use it in their research.

Data

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Young workers and entrepreneurs, alumni of vocational training
institutes across central and eastern Uganda

Survey type:

IGC/IPA Survey on Firms, Workers, and Farmers

Country:

Uganda

Dates:

July 2020 (more or less from June 24th - July 15th).

Category:

Self-employed and employed workers

Researchers:

Livia Alfonsi (UC Berkeley), Sara Spaziani (Brown Univeristy), Mary Namubiru
(BRAC Uganda)

Survey organisation:

BRAC Uganda

Number of observations:

631

Myanmar farmers

Survey type:

IGC/IPA Survey on Firms, Workers, and Farmers

Country:

Myanmar

Dates:

June 2020

Category:

Farmers

Researchers:

Nathan Fiala (UConn) and Lise Masselus (RWI Essen)

Survey organisation:

Innovations for Poverty Action

Number of observations:

1,999

Paraguay rural women

Survey type:

IGC/IPA Survey on Firms, Workers, and Farmers

Country:

Paraguay

Dates:

June to mid-July 2020

Category:

Self-employed

Researchers:

Nathan Fiala (UConn) and Lise Masselus (RWI Essen)

Survey organisation:

Innovations for Poverty Action

Number of observations:

1,366

Nigerian informal market vendors

Survey type:

IGC/IPA Survey on Firms, Workers, and Farmers

Country:

Nigeria

Dates:

7-30 May 2020

Category:

Firms

Researchers:

Jessica A Gottlieb, Adrienne Lebas

Survey organisation:

Texas A&M University and American University

Number of observations:

876

Wholesale and retail traders in Nigeria

Survey type:

IGC/IPA Survey on Firms, Workers, and Farmers

Country:

Nigeria

Dates:

18 April-8 May 2020

Category:

Firms

Researchers:

Hakeem Bishi, Shelby Grossman, Meredith Startz

Survey organisation:

Lagos Trader Project

Number of observations:

764

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