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Publication . Article . Preprint . 2020

How COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens the Economic Situation of Women in South Africa

Margaret Chitiga; Martin Henseler; Ramos Mabugu; Helene Maisonnave;
Open Access
Published: 23 Oct 2020 Journal: The European Journal of Development Research, volume 34, pages 1,627-1,644 (issn: 0957-8811, eissn: 1743-9728, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Country: France

To contribute towards addressing the problem of relatively few general equilibrium studies focusing on gender impacts of disease pandemics, this paper uses a gendered Computable General Equilibrium model linked to a microsimulation model to study the short run economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. A mild and severe scenario is run to represent the pandemic. Findings suggest that while COVID-19 leads to negative economic effects irrespective of scenario, female-headed households bear a disproportionately higher burden of the brunt. Because women tend to be more concentrated in employment in sectors that are hurt the most by COVID-19 response measures as well as that they predominate in unskilled categories, the simulation results show that women suffer disproportionately more from higher unemployment than their male counterparts though the differences are not as pronounced. The poverty outcomes show worsened vulnerability for female-headed households given that, even prior to the pandemic, poverty was already higher amongst women. These results are important in informing evidence-based responses by government to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Computable general equilibrium Vulnerability Poverty Demographic economics Public policy Pandemic Economics Unemployment media_common.quotation_subject media_common Development studies General equilibrium theory


Development, Geography, Planning and Development, COVID-19, Computable general equilibrium model, Gender, Poverty, South Africa JEL: C68, E60, J16, O55, [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS.ECO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Economics and Finance, Original Article, South Africa, C68

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