- Saturday | 28 Mar, 2020
- Maryam Shabbir Abbasi, Ifra Baig
- COVID-19 Policy Review Series
Introduction: The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has exposed the fragility of labour markets around the world. It might be the world’s biggest emergency in terms of job losses. Increasingly, there is a huge trade-off between ensuring adequate health care for containing the coronavirus (i.e. flattening the curve) and keeping the economy afloat. This policy review highlights the implications for Pakistan’s labour market as a result of the measures to contain Coronavirus. It aims to identify which segments of Pakistan’s labour force are most vulnerable to be laid-off or get unemployed and how the government can ensure an effective social protection assistance for those who are the most affected. It further analyzes the government’s targeting mechanism to reach out to the most vulnerable communities in the light of the Prime Minister’s Stimulus Package for relief..