India’s lockdown: an interim report

Debraj Ray, S. Subramanian

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    The world has continued to change rapidly since the last version of this article was written on May 20, 2020. Yet, as this article goes to press, we are aware of two realities; first, that we cannot perennially chase a moving target, but second, that nothing about the fundamental trends that we have identified appear to have changed. India is firmly in the throes of a vicious pandemic that we can only hope will abate with the development of an effective vaccine. Our plea for the widespread provision of adequate health and medical facilities, adequate protection for the elderly, and transfers to those severely affected by the lockdown are absolutely unchanged in the face of the latest data. In contrast, the brutal enforcement of a lockdown with none of these accompanying measures can only worsen outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable among the population.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)31-79
    Number of pages49
    JournalIndian Economic Review
    StatePublished - Nov 2020


    • COVID-19
    • H3
    • H7
    • I1
    • I3
    • Invisibility
    • Lives
    • Lockdown
    • O5
    • Relief measures
    • Visibility

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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