Covid-19 Research at J-PAL MENA

Two women wearing masks chat near their houses during the Covid-19-related state of emergency in Casablanca, Morocco.
J-PAL MENA is coordinating efforts by affiliates and staff to understand and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in the region.

To address how existing social assistance programs could be enhanced in response to Covid-19, J-PAL MENA held a webinar titled “Social Assistance Response to Large External Shocks in Egypt: What We Can Learn from Randomized Evaluations.” The webinar aimed to foster a discussion using rigorous evidence between Egyptian policymakers, development practitioners, and J-PAL affiliated researchers on designing adaptive social assistance during the pandemic. The webinar featured the Minister of Social Solidarity in Egypt, who shared highlights from the Ministry’s response strategy which targeted vulnerable groups most affected by Covid-19 in Egypt, with a particular focus on women, children, and refugees.

Find a recap of key takeaways from the webinar here.

J-PAL MENA’s Morocco Employment Lab issued a report that analyzes the impact of Covid-19 on the Moroccan economy, with a particular focus on the labor market. The report was prepared in collaboration with Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Policy Center for the New South.

Find the full report here.