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Weekly Economics Webinar by Sonalde Desai

October 7, 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 7:25 pm

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Title: Precarity in a Time of Uncertainty: Gendered Employment Patterns during the Lockdown in India

Speaker: Sonalde Desai, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, and Professor and Center Director, NCAER

Abstract: India implemented one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This paper examines whether the impacts of the lockdown on employment differed by gender in areas surrounding Delhi. An ongoing monthly employment survey between March 2019 and September 2020 allows for comparison in employment before, during and following the lockdown. Estimates based on random-effects logistic regression models show that the gender differences in employment impact vary by type of work. Women’s concentration in self-employment may be one of the reasons why women’s employment was somewhat protected. However, when we look only at wage workers, we find that women experienced greater job losses than men.


October 7, 2020
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm


Department of Economics