Early Effects of Lockdown in India: Gender Gaps in Job Losses and Domestic Work

In this paper, Ashwini Deshpande explores the implications of the COVID19 lockdown in India in the labour market through the lens of gender. Basing her study on the CPHS database with a sample of more than 43,000 individuals, she discovers that women who were employed in the pre-lockdown were 20 percentage points less likely to be employed post-lockdown. Numerically, more men lost their jobs in the lockdown than women, however, Deshpande analyzes the disproportionate impact that this period had on women, who not only had to take more risky jobs to survive, but were also at the medical frontline as ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi workers.

Source: The Indian Journal of Labour Economics volume

People Involved: Ashwini Deshpande