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Duterte’s pandemic populism: Strongman leadership, weak state capacity, and the politics of deployment in the Philippines

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic undermined the populist legacy of Philippine president Rodrigo R. Duterte. Despite implementing one of the longest and strictest lockdowns globally, the country has struggled with controlling the pandemic...

COVID-19 Pandemic Philippines
Working Paper
Does an effective government lower COVID-19’s health impact?: Evidence from Viet Nam

Government effectiveness has played an important role in tackling the crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic...

COVID-19 Pandemic State effectiveness
Working Paper
Management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kerala through the lens of state capacity and clientelism

During the first wave of COVID-19 infections, Kerala, a state in southern India, successfully managed to contain the pandemic. As a result, the Kerala model of managing the COVID-19 pandemic was celebrated as a success across the globe...

COVID-19 Pandemic State capacity
Working Paper
The COVID-19 pandemic and the state in Bihar

This paper presents a critical analysis of official data related to COVID-19 in Bihar state, India, which points to the manipulation of data for political ends...

Data Pandemic COVID-19
Working Paper
Pandemic precarity and the complicated case of Maharashtra: Interrogating state capacity and its fault lines

The state of Maharashtra and the city of Mumbai have been referred to as the epidemic epicentre of India since the time of the plague of 1896 and influenza epidemic of 1918...

Pandemic Migrants COVID-19 vaccine
Working Paper
Corruption and crisis: do institutions matter?

While the short-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives and livelihoods are well understood, we know little about the effect of the pandemic for longer-term outcomes such as corruption...

Corruption Institutions Crisis
Working Paper
The global inequality boomerang

This paper focuses on the past and potential future evolution of income (or consumption) inequality in the world over the period 1981–2040...

Global inequality COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal Article
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor: Insights from the Hrishipara diaries

We examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor in a semi-rural setting in Bangladesh...

COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
Working Paper
An assessment of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Kenya’s trade

We examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kenya’s foreign trade using quarterly trade data for the period 2019 to the second quarter of 2021...

Trade Kenya Exports
Journal Article
Analysis of the distributional effects of COVID-19 and state-led remedial measures in South Africa

This study explores the impact of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa on income poverty and inequality in South Africa...

Social protection Tax-benefit microsimulation Income distribution
Blog
Helping the poor to survive lockdown

The Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project has been tracking the daily spending of 60 poor households in rural Bangladesh for the last six years...

COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
Journal Article
Life with Corona: Increased gender differences in aggression and depression symptoms due to the COVID-19 pandemic burden in Germany

Gender differences (GD) in mental health have come under renewed scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Pandemic Mental health Gender differences
Blog
Why countries best placed to handle the pandemic appear to have fared the worst

During the first year of the pandemic, it was wealthier countries, with their comparatively stronger health systems, civil services, legal systems and other public services, that suffered the highest rates of COVID-19...

COVID-19 Pandemic State
Working Paper
The role of trust and of poverty in compliance with social distancing measures in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since it began, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a number of challenges on Africa and the rest of the world...

COVID-19 Trust Africa
Working Paper
Forecasting recovery from COVID-19 using financial data: An application to Viet Nam

We develop a new methodology to nowcast the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and forecast its evolution in small, export-oriented countries...

COVID-19 Pandemic Forecasting
Working Paper
COVID-19 and the state

We expect effective state institutions to matter in a country’s ability to respond to crises...

COVID-19 Pandemic State
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