Gendered impact on unemployment: a case study of India during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ammu George, Sumedha Gupta, Yuting Huang

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India witnessed one of the worst coronavirus crises in the world. The pandemic induced sharp contraction in economic activity that caused unemployment to rise, upheaving the existing gender divides in the country. Using monthly data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy on subnational economies of India from January 2019 to May 2021, we find that a) unemployment gender gap narrowed during the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison to the pre-pandemic era, largely driven by male unemployment dynamics, b) the recovery in the post-lockdown periods had spillover effects on the unemployment gender gap in rural regions, and c) the unemployment gender gap during the national lockdown period was narrower than the second wave.
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JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 06 May 2023
Externally publishedYes

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