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Managing the Employment Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis : Policy Options for Relief and Restructuring (Spanish)

This note discusses policy options for managing the employment impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis aimed at relief and restructuring. The note pays attention to the labor market and institutional context of most low and middle-income countries where informality is large and where existing institutions often lack mechanisms to effectively reach businesses and workers in the informal economy. The note covers complementary policies aimed, in the relief phase, at: 1) Helping businesses survive and retain workers; 2) providing protection for those who do lose their jobs and see their livelihoods significantly affected; and 3) facilitating alternative employment and employability support for those who are out of work (collectively known as active labor market programs, ALMP). The note further differentiates between these relief responses and the restructuring response when countries start to reopen for businesses and policies need to aim to support firms' and workers' transition to a "new normal", hopefully a "better normal" that supports a resilient recovery.


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    Carranza,Eliana, Farole,Thomas, Gentilini,Ugo, Morgandi,Matteo, Packard,Truman G., Santos,Indhira Vanessa, Weber,Michael

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    Managing the Employment Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis : Policy Options for Relief and Restructuring

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Carranza,Eliana Farole,Thomas Gentilini,Ugo Morgandi,Matteo Packard,Truman G. Santos,Indhira Vanessa Weber,Michael

Managing the Employment Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis : Policy Options for Relief and Restructuring (Spanish). Jobs Working Paper,issue no. 49 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.