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The gendered crisis: livelihoods and mental well-being in India during COVID-19

Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon () and Sanchari Roy

No wp-2021-65, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered dimensions of employment and mental health among urban informal-sector workers in India. First, we find that men's employment declined by 84 percentage points post-pandemic relative to pre-pandemic, while their monthly earnings fell by 89 per cent relative to the baseline mean. In contrast, women did not experience any significant impact on employment post pandemic, as reported by their husbands. Second, we document very high levels of pandemic-induced mental stress, with wives reporting greater stress than husbands.

Keywords: COVID-19; Informal sector; Employment; Mental health; Social networks; Gender; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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