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We currently have two types of survey data available for researchers:

IGC/IPA Survey on Firms, Workers, and Farmers

The survey instrument aims to collect data on COVID-19’s impacts on the economic activity of firms, farmers, and workers in low- and middle-income countries.

We strongly encourage researchers conducting surveys in developing countries to include this module. This will allow us to collect comparable data across countries. 


More information on the survey module and instructions on how to roll it out can be found here. Additionally, if you plan to include the module in an ongoing survey, please register your interest.

The survey module was built by IGC and IPA with inputs from several researchers, including Philipp Barteska, Vittorio Bassi, Laura Boudreau, Stefano Caria, Lorenzo Casaburi, David Lagakos, Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Lucia Sanchez, and Matthieu Teachout.

World Bank COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey 

The COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey (COV-BPS), designed by the Firms, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation team at the World Bank, is a rapid, modular phone/online survey created specifically to collect information on how firms, and particularly SMEs, are being affected by the COVID-19 shock. The survey uses a standardised questionnaire to capture the effects of the pandemic on firms through each of the four distinct channels of impact: supply, demand, financial, and uncertainty, as well as firms’ adjustment strategies and their views on public support programs to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.


The survey results are being used to inform the World Bank’s policy dialogue with client countries and the preparation of COVID-19

pandemic response lending operations.

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