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The Demographic Effects of Covid-19: Any Hope for Working Populations?

Chidi N. Olunkwa (), Juliet I. Adenuga, Mohammed Bashir Salaudeen and Ekundayo Mesagan ()
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Chidi N. Olunkwa: Department of Economics, University of Lagos. Nigeria.
Juliet I. Adenuga: Department of Economics, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Mohammed Bashir Salaudeen: Department of Economics, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria.

BizEcons Quarterly, 2021, vol. 15, issue 1, 3-12

Abstract: This study investigates the demographic effects of COVID-19, by focusing on the global working population. The study was done on a continental level, by looking at countries that were highly hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the age range most affected by the pandemic. The findings of the study show that the ageing population is the worst hit in most of the regions, while in countries like Russia, Germany, Mexico, Iran, Ecuador, Pakistan, Brazil, Chile, and New Zealand, the active working population is mostly affected. Again, of the most COVID 19 deaths, a larger percentage were males with lesser females. Hence, the government at all levels should endeavour to give adequate health care attention to the ageing population especially in the area of providing required drugs at an affordable price. Also, there is a silver lining in the post-COVID era in terms of employment generation since the active workforce in several countries are adversely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic; Demographic Effects; Working Population (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 I14 I15 N36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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