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Impact of COVID-19 on Thailand’s Households : Insights from a Rapid Phone Survey (English)

While the economy was projected to start recovering in 2021, subsequent waves of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) infections, emergence of new variants, and slow progress on vaccination triggered new strict containment measures, severely disrupting the economy. Relief programs provided vertical transfers or top ups to beneficiaries of pre COVID programs, but the bulk of the assistance programs was allocated to informal workers and farmers who will have not been considered vulnerable prior the pandemic. Microsimulation models and preliminary estimates from the 2020 Thailand socio economic survey (SES) indicate that emergency social assistance programs helped to contain an increase in poverty and inequality between 2019 and 2020. The Thailand rapid phone survey, funded by the World Bank, was implemented by Gallup poll from April 27 to June 15, 2021. The survey interviewed 2,000 adults aged 18 years and older with access to mobile phones. The survey was conducted by computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI) using random mobile phone frame-based sample design. Information from the survey complements evidence from SES surveys, providing a real time, ground level picture of the effects on employment and income, food security, coping mechanisms, education, and health as the COVID 19 pandemic unfolds.


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    Impact of COVID-19 on Thailand’s Households : Insights from a Rapid Phone Survey

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Impact of COVID-19 on Thailand’s Households : Insights from a Rapid Phone Survey (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.