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Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2020-10

Briefing note COVID-19 Survey: the economic effects


Publication date

09 Jun 2020


The Understanding Society COVID-19 study is a regular survey on the experience and reactions of the UK population to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is an integral part of Understanding Society and researchers can link the data from the COVID-19 survey to answers respondents have given in previous (and future) waves of the annual Understanding Society survey. The survey is funded by the ESRC and the Health Foundation. This briefing note explores the economic questions included in Wave 1 of the survey. The first set of questions looks to understand the size of the associated economic shock, the second set capture the ways in which different households mitigate these shocks, and the third set explore the consequences for individuals and their households. 


Lone Parents, Labour Market, Unemployment, Economics, Poverty, Welfare Benefits, Income Dynamics, Savings And Assets, Wages And Earnings, Household Economics, Debt: Indebtedness, Health, Finance, Caregiving, and Covid 19


Is referenced by: Cominetti, Nye ; Gardiner, Laura ; Slaughter, Hannah (2020) ‘The full monty: facing up to the challenge of the coronavirus labour market crisis’. London: Resolution Foundation.; Is referenced by: Brewer, M., Corlett, A., Handscomb, K., McCurdy, C., and Tomlinson, D. (2020) ‘The living standards audit 2020’. London: Resolution Foundation.

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    1. Lone Parents
    2. Labour Market
    3. Unemployment
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    5. Poverty
    6. Welfare Benefits
    7. Income Dynamics
    8. Savings And Assets
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    14. Caregiving
    15. Covid 19


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