Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Economic Inequality

Mansoob Murshed

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to increase various
forms of economic inequality in wealth and income. This is because the income of the poor was adversely affected more, both because of the already present technology driven trends in unskilled labour substitution, but also because the types of employment that the world’s poor engage in was most severely disrupted by COVID-19, and the subsequent public health response. This is in contrast to medieval pandemics, which tended to increase the wage-rental ratio. Certain countervailing income and job protection schemes can help, but it is mainly a short-term palliative. Population weighted international inequality has also increased. Unless checked, further increases in inequality will strengthen recent trends in illiberal, populist, governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCovid-19 and International Development
EditorsElissaios Papyrakis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-82339-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-82338-2, 978-3-030-82341-2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2022


  • COVID-19 and pandemics
  • Development Studies
  • Economic disruption
  • Global warming and climate change
  • Globalisation
  • International Development
  • New Green Deal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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