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The persistent effects of COVID-19 on labor outcomes: evidence from Peru


  • Minoru Higa

    (Simon Fraser University)

  • Carlos Ospino

    (Labor Markets Consultant)

  • Fernando Aragon

    (Simon Fraser University)


This paper takes a new look at the impact of COVID-19 on labor outcomes more than a year after the beginning of the pandemic. We use a labor survey from Lima, Peru, with monthly data from January 2019 up to June 2021. We corroborate the early dramatic impact of the pandemic documented in other countries. These initial effects attenuate over time, but persist and remain sizeable: even by mid-2021, there is a reduction of almost 20% in hours worked and labor income. Our findings highlight the limitation of policy changes and societal adaptations to ameliorate the economic impact of COVID-19.

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  • Minoru Higa & Carlos Ospino & Fernando Aragon, 2021. "The persistent effects of COVID-19 on labor outcomes: evidence from Peru," Discussion Papers dp21-10, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University.
  • Handle: RePEc:sfu:sfudps:dp21-10

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