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Where the pandemic meets the infodemic: The challenge of misinformation in the fight against COVID-19 in LAC

This #GraphForThought explores the spread of false COVID-19 information in LAC and reflects on how it may interact with the region’s existing structural deficits in trust in institutions.  


Home Alone: Sustaining compliance with prolonged COVID-19 stay-at-home regulations in LAC

Many governments (national and local) acted swiftly and implemented stringent lockdown measures, hoping to curb the spread. We will never know what would have happened in the absence of such measures,…  


Inclusion requires capacity: The role of social registries in expanding cash transfers in the wake of COVID-19

In order to gather an up-to-date understanding of the coverage of social registry systems in the region, this #GraphForThought compiled the latest data for several countries in the region on the…  


No culpes a la playa: Tourism and the LAC economies during the pandemic

For Caribbean countries, which rely strongly on tourism, the economic consequences of these measures are proving to be extremely severe, and the outlook for recovery dire.  


Sour Grapes: Discouraged workers and Labor Markets in the Context of the COVID-19 crisis

Data from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru show an unprecedented drop in the number of employed individuals along with a large increase in the number of people exiting the labor force. At the same…  


A greater tragedy than we know: Excess mortality rates suggest that COVID-19 death toll is vastly underestimated in LAC

In order to effectively combat COVID-19, it is critical that we know the true extent of the challenge that we are facing. The difficult and urgent policy decisions that governments are making are…  


Working in Times of Pandemic: Only one in five workers in LAC can actually work from home

On average in LAC countries, only 20% of jobs can be done from home—deepening concerns of macro and micro level economic resilience during COVID-19.  


Vulnerability at Work: The need to invest in inclusive and resilient social protection systems for all

Searches for unemployment benefits and social assistance have risen dramatically. A number of workers are in need of help at the moment.  


Back to cleaner?: Covid-19, Lockdowns, and Pollution in LAC cities

This #GraphForThought shows the extent of this "lock-down effect" in eight large LAC cities.  


Hey teachers, (don’t) leave the kids alone! Connectivity and education disparities in times of COVID19

This #GraphForThought uses data from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to explore how inequalities in access to essential distance-learning tools (such as internet,…  


Staying at home in LAC (if you can afford it): The Need to Compensate Vulnerable Groups for Staying at Home for a Successful COVID-19 Containment Strategy

In Latin America and the Caribbean, a region with higher poverty rates and over half the workforce employed in the informal sector—staying at home presents an even starker challenge for many.  


Coronavirus as a Governance Challenge: Is LAC prepared to take on COVID-19? (Updated version)

Critical in responding to this disease is the need to “flatten the curve”. This means implementing protective measures to slow down the spread of the disease such that the number of cases does not…  

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