Most of the world’s poor live in rural areas, working mainly in smallholder agriculture. The pandemic threatens to expose—and exacerbate—gender differences in the constraints that farmers face. Such differences leave women...

It’s been proposed, probed and pushed to the margins of the European Union for more than two decades. Now, as Europe reels from tens of thousands of coronavirus deaths and millions of lost jobs in the worst recession for generations...

Like other parts of the economy, the informal sector has taken a hit from the COVID-19 crisis. Governments have mandated workers to take costly protective measures, such as the regular purchase of masks, the reduction in the number...

El Bono Proteger pretende ayudar a los trabajadores afectados por la situación económica en Costa Rica. A este bono pueden acceder dos tipos de beneficiarios: uno para aquellos que su jornada laboral ha disminuido en un 50%, y el...

El Gobierno inició la semana pasada con la segunda fase de depósitos del Bono Proteger para 30 mil personas que ya fueron beneficiarias.

El número de solicitantes del Bono Proteger sigue aumentando en Costa Rica.

For some years now, the so-called JAM trinity (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) has been propounded as a dream cash-transfer infrastructure for India. The term “trinity” itself gives a sense of the faith and fervour this project sought to...

In the discourse, mean-tested benefits are often referred to as more “progressive” than universal alternatives. In a piece defending the EITC, Max B. Sawicky remarked: A means-tested children’s allowance is preferable to a universal...

Unforeseen shocks, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2008-09 global financial crisis, or a natural disaster, can wreak havoc on the social and economic well-being of households, communities, states, and countries. The...

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, a regional organism of the United Nations Secretariat has declared itself in favour of a new regime of welfare and social protection that includes the gradual, progressive...

While countries in east Asia and Europe are gradually taking steps towards reopening their economies, many in the global south are wondering whether the worst of the pandemic is yet to come. As economists who work on poverty...

Given the massive uncertainty surrounding how COVID-19 will play out in terms of health outcomes as well as economic and social outcomes, policymaking is as hard as it can possibly be. Measures that are sensible at the time they are...