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CEP Covid-19 analysis

City of dreams no more: the impact of Covid-19 on urban workers in India


Many developing economies have large informal sectors and growing urban youth populations, who lack basic social protections at work. The CEP surveyed 8,500 workers aged 18 to 40 in urban India to understand their experiences at work during Covid-19. The survey was conducted between May and July 2020. As in many countries, unemployment increased dramatically. 15.5 percent of workers lost their jobs and 21.7 percent worked zero hours during the survey months. Unlike many developed and some developing economies, 52 percent of urban workers went without work or pay and received no financial assistance to tide over the crisis.


Shania Bhalotia, Swati Dhingra and Fjolla Kondirolli

1 September 2020     Paper Number CEPCOVID-19-008

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