This project reviewed the role of governments and other stakeholders in selected developing Asian countries in combatting the impact of COVID-19 on employment.

The research sought to understand the likely effects of the government’s regulatory and policy interventions on different groups of workers, particularly those in informal employment and low-income households. It also examined the role of other key stakeholders, such as the trade unions, in supporting the most vulnerable groups of workers.

The researchers propose that nation states can place their economic revitalization funds strategically to tackle multiple mega challenges simultaneously and create synergy. They further argue that creating decent employment for the poorest workers and households requires strong collaboration of institutions to co-design effective and sustainable policy interventions.

Funded by: Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, Monash Business School

Principal Investigators: Prof. Fang Lee Cooke, Monash Business School, Monash University