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COVID-19 and gender gaps: Latest evidence and lessons from the UK
Claudia Hupkau and Barbara Petrongolo
April 2020
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Tags: covid-19; labour markets; labor markets; labour; labor; gender; education; childcare; uk

The social distancing and lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 crisis has hit service sectors with frequent interactions between consumers and providers which cannot be done from home. At the same time, it has added education and childcare services to pre-existing home production needs. This column combines survey data from the UK with occupation classifications to show that that – unlike previous recessions – the current crisis is harming women’s labour market prospects more than those of men and that women are also likely to be on the receiving end of the bulk of increased home production requirements.