Lessons from a time of upheaval: COVID-19 in South Asia

Sudha Narayanan, Kalyani Raghunathan, Shahidur Rashid, Alex Winter-Nelson

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Numerous structural vulnerabilities put developing regions at a disadvantage as they confront the prospect of increasingly frequent extreme shocks. Typical of these regions, South Asia had several characteristics that suggested it would be badly hit by COVID-19: a sizeable informal sector, growing inequalities in access to health services and social protection, and high levels of hunger and malnutrition. This Special Issue focuses on the South Asian experience through COVID-19 and distills forward-looking lessons for the developing world. Included papers point to the importance of strengthening individual resilience, building basic infrastructure and institutional capacity, and implementing inclusive social protection measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • COVID-19
  • resilience
  • risk sharing
  • social protection
  • South Asia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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