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India’s Lockdown and the Great Exodus

Some Observations

Arup Daripa    Birkbeck, University of London, UK    

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The pandemic-induced lockdown in India caused a great exodus of millions of seasonal workers from cities, an impact for which the government was completely unprepared. This essay considers the socio-economic setting of the exodus, the potential economic and epidemiological impact, policy suggestions, and evaluation of the policy (non)response of the Indian government. We consider the underlying political economy of policy distortion and suggest ways that might enable incentive compatible corrections.

Published
July 31, 2020
Accepted
June 30, 2020
Submitted
June 3, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-442-4

Keywords: Incentive compatibilityPublic policy distortionsInformal economyInternal migrationPolitical economy of policymakingLockdown

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