Simone Schotte on COVID-19 impacts in Ghana

Presentation at the 2021 International Conference in Development Economics

During the 2021 International Conference in Development Economics (ICDE) Simone Schotte joins parallel session C4 on COVID-19 to present a recent WIDER Working Paper co-authored with Michael Danquah, Robert Osei and Kunal Sen, ‘The labour market impact of COVID-19 lockdowns: Evidence from Ghana’. 

In this paper, the researchers provide causal evidence of the impact of stringent lockdown policies on labour market outcomes at both the extensive and intensive margins, using Ghana as a case study.
Using a difference-in-differences design, they find that the three-week lockdown had a large and significant immediate negative impact on employment in the treated districts, particularly among workers in informal self-employment.

The 2021 ICDE takes place from 30 June – 2 July, with this parallel taking place on Thursday 2 July at 10:30 (France, UTC+2).

More details on the conference website