Questions and answers about
the economy.

The impact of Covid-19 on economic inequality and employment progression

The applicants have already collected novel survey data from a large representative sample of UK workers on 25th March 2020. We find large and significant differences in the impact of the economic disruption across workers of different income levels, ages, and those employed under different work arrangements. They seek funding for five follow-up waves of representative survey data to enable the impacts of the crisis on different workers to be tracked and to assess the effectiveness of different policies aimed to smooth the effect of containment measures on living standards. Using a specialised survey company, we will survey a representative sample of UK workers in mid-April, mid-May, mid-June, and two longer term follow-ups depending on the duration of containment measures.

Lead investigator:

Abigail Adams-Prassl


University of Oxford

Primary topic:

Jobs, work, pay & benefits

Secondary topic:

Inequality & poverty

Region of data collection:


Country of data collection


Status of data collection

In Progress

Type of data being collected:

Survey (other/unclear)

Unit of real-time data collection


Start date



Periodic (other)