Research

It’s not Economy vs. Lives, It’s Lives vs. Lives 
by Deepa Mani & Shashwat Alok

The contraction of economic activity due to the lockdown has led to intense discussions around the question of whether lockdowns are the appropriate policy response to the outbreak. How long of a lockdown can we afford? Is the stringency of the lockdown appropriate? Should the intensity of lockdown vary based on the exposure of regions to Covid-19 risk? These are all critical questions.

Above excerpt taken from a media publication. This is an ongoing study.


Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: COVID-19 and Supply Chain Disruption 
by Kanika Mahajan (Ashoka University) & Shekhar Tomar (ISB)


This paper looks at the disruption in food supply chains due to COVID-19 induced economic shutdown in India. We use a novel dataset from one of the largest online grocery retailers to look at the impact on product availability and prices in three major cities. We find that product availability fell by 10 percent for vegetables, fruits, and edible oils, while there was a minimal impact on their prices. The fall in availability is mostly on account of products, which were listed less frequently on the website in the pre-lockdown period. Additionally, the fall in availability was smaller for products that are manufactured near the retail centers. These findings suggest that supply chain disruptions are the main driver behind the observed fall in product availability.

Read more: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: COVID-19 and Supply Chain Disruption