Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229380
Authors: 
Gisselquist, Rachel M.
Kundu, Anustup
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2020/156
Abstract: 
A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 both reflects and exacerbates existing inequalities. However, there are significant gaps in this research area with respect to 'horizontal' or group-based inequalities in Global South countries. Lack of group-disaggregated data often contributes. In this paper, we use available data to explore how horizontal inequality in India may influence COVID-19's impact through the differential impact of lockdown policies across caste and religious groups, as well as across states and urban-rural areas. In so doing, we build upon Egger et al. (2020)'s lockdown readiness index. India, the second most populous country in the world, is a relevant case for such analysis, not only because it has pronounced horizontal inequality, but also because it adopted an especially stringent lockdown policy. Our analysis illustrates stark differences in lockdown readiness across groups, which in turn could exacerbate existing horizontal inequalities.
Subjects: 
horizontal inequality
ethnic inequality
caste
India
COVID-19
coronavirus
lockdown
JEL: 
I14
I18
J15
Z13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-913-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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