Income Convergence or Divergence in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Shock?

Author/Editor:

Mariya Brussevich ; Shihui Liu ; Chris Papageorgiou

Publication Date:

June 17, 2022

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper extends the work of Deaton (2021) by exploring the period of post-crisis recovery in 2021-2024. The paper documents per-capita income divergence during the period of post-shock recovery, with countries at the bottom of the income distribution falling significantly behind. Findings suggest that higher COVID-19 vaccination rates and targeted virus containment measures are associated with faster recovery in per-capita incomes in the medium term. Evidence on the effectiveness of economic support policies for reducing cross-country income inequality, including fiscal and monetary policies, is mixed especially in the case of developing countries.

Series:

Working Paper No. 2022/121

Frequency:

regular

English

Publication Date:

June 17, 2022

ISBN/ISSN:

9798400212727/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2022121

Pages:

37

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