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Oct 21, 2020

Remittances and COVID-19: A Tale of Two Countries

When the pandemic struck the United States, flows of remittances sent to Mexico and El Salvador went in sharply different directions: flows to Mexico rose, and flows to El Salvador dropped. This Policy Hub article looks at reasons behind the divergent remittance levels, including the role possibly played by the uncertain immigration status of migrants in the U.S. labor force.

May 14, 2020

Why Cash Transfers Are Good Policy in the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Policy Hub article finds that cash transfers mitigate the surge in consumption inequality triggered by the pandemic and provide liquidity-constrained workers with the financial resources to shelter at home.

Apr 17, 2020

Impacts of COVID-19: Mitigation Efforts versus Herd Immunity

With the spread of COVID-19, governments everywhere pursued lockdown policies. Now governments are developing plans to reopen the economy. What will be the public health consequences? The new issue of Policy Hub illustrates the difficulties in answering this question and how widespread testing can help.