Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229363
Authors: 
Barker, Nathan
Davis, C. Austin
López-Peña, Paula
Mitchell, Harrison
Mobarak, Ahmed Mushfiq
Naguib, Karim
Reimão, Maira Emy
Shenoy, Ashish
Vernot, Corey
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2020/139
Abstract: 
Using detailed microdata, we document how migration-dependent households are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We create pre- and post-COVID panel datasets for three populations in Bangladesh and Nepal, leveraging experimental and observational variation in prior migration dependence. We report 25 per cent greater declines in earnings and fourfold greater prevalence of food insecurity among migrant households since March. Causes include lower migration rates, less remittance income per migrant, isolation in origin communities, and greater health risks. We compile a large set of secondary data to demonstrate the extent of vulnerability worldwide and conclude with recommendations for policy targeted at migrants.
Subjects: 
migration
COVID-19
panel
Bangladesh
Nepal
JEL: 
O15
J61
I32
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-896-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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