The pandemic and the state
COVID-19 has brought to the fore the issue of state preparedness in mitigating health emergencies. This paper problematizes the received wisdom of greater state capacity in mitigating the severity of the pandemic. Based on a case study of West Bengal...
The uneven path to recovery
COVID-19 cases were first confirmed in March 2020 in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. These countries put in place several stringent measures, including lockdowns, to contain the spread of the virus. Various policies were also rolled out to address...
Electoral politics and Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out
Government responsiveness is an integral feature of representative democracy. Its importance could be amplified in times of crisis, especially if...
Jukka Pirttilä on social protection and taxation in times of crises
Helsinki Graduate School of Economics organises a weekly Development seminar series in Helsinki. On 6 April 2023 UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow Jukka Pirttilä presents the work in progress on the topic of Social protection and taxation...
6 April 2023
The COVID-19 TERS policy saved at least 2 million jobs: But not without some unintended results
About three years have passed since the South African government introduced the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) in response...