Covid-19 is impacting men and women differently, both in health and labour outcomes.
Compared to 'regular' recessions, which affect men’s employment more severely than women’s employment, the employment drop related to social distancing measures has a large impact on sectors with high female employment shares. In addition, closures of schools and daycare centers have massively increased child care needs, which has a particularly large impact on working mothers. What main, long-run repercussions will this have for gender equality?
On average, women comprise a smaller share of deaths from Covid-19, At the same time, women face a higher risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus, due to the fact that they constitute the majority of health care and essential workers. Is the gender difference in Covid-19 deaths across countries and US States related to gender differences in work patterns?
Join the discussion with panellists Renée Adams, Matthias Doepke and Michèle Tertilt to explore these different impacts on gender equality in more detail.