Journal article

Implications of COVID-19 labour market shocks for inequality in financial wellbeing

Ferdi Botha, John P de New, Sonja C de New, David C Ribar, Nicolas Salamanca

Journal of Population Economics | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Australia's economy abruptly entered into a recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Related labour market shocks on Australian residents have been substantial due to business closures and social distancing restrictions. Government measures are in place to reduce flow-on effects to people's financial situations, but the extent to which Australian residents suffering these shocks experience lower levels of financial wellbeing, including associated implications for inequality, is unknown. Using novel data we collected from 2078 Australian residents during April to July 2020, we show that experiencing a labour market shock during the pandemic is associated with a 29% lower level of perce..

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