covid19


Coping with the Pandemic: ERG follow-up study on non-IT Firms

Prepared by: Sarah Muniyat & Mutasim Billah Mubde Economic Research Group had administered a survey on 106 firms in May 2020 to investigate the impact of Covid-19 and associated mitigation strategies on businesses, in four domains – work orientation, adverse market conditions, rental contract renegotiation and employee contract renegotiation. A month later, in June 2020, two follow-up surveys were conducted. This paper presents findings from a matched sample of 63...

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Spread of Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Evidence from Reproduction Number

Susmita Dutta Recent graduate, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. [The paper was presented at a webinar organised by Economic Research Group (ERG) on 29 June 2020.] Abstract   The study estimates time-dependent reproduction number of coronavirus in case of Bangladesh using incidence data from March 9, 2020 to June 25, 2020. The mean reproduction number is 1.40 (95% Cl 1.11, 1.73), which indicates expected continuation of outbreak in...

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Coping with the Pandemic: ERG follow-up study on IT Firms

Prepared by: Abu Hasnat Abdullah and Sajjad Zohir The Economic Research Group (ERG) had undertaken a survey of enterprises in May 2020 and the findings were reported in the Financial Express on June 11. The IT firms included in that survey were found to be in e-commerce, web development and other IT services, representing non-software IT firms (NSW-IT). Subsequently, another survey was administered in June on a sample drawn from...

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Renegotiations at firm levels: Comprehending effects of Covid-19

The Financial Express । June 11, 2020 । Mutasim Billah Mubde, Abu Hasnat Abdullah, Sarah Muniyat and Sajjad Zohir । The SARS-CoV2 pandemic, leading to deadly Covid-19, brought disruptions in inter-country as well as within-country flow of goods and services. Economic Research Group (ERG) carried out a tele-based survey of 102 firms engaged in manufacturing and service sectors to assess (i) extent of initial ‘shock’ faced, and (ii) coping strategies...

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Businesses renegotiating contracts to cope with COVID-19

June 6, 2020 Businesses are renegotiating contracts with multiple stakeholders as they are facing uncertain future due to COVID-19 pandemic. A study, conducted by the Economic Research Group (ERG) on selected areas of contracts, revealed the information. The findings of the study were presented at a webinar on Sunday attended by researchers and academia. Among others, ERG chairperson Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud was present at the webinar. On behalf of the...

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Businesses renegotiating contracts to cope with Covid-19, ERG says

The Business Standard June 7, 2020 Businesses are renegotiating contracts with their counterparts to cope with losses caused by Covid-19. The Economic Research Group (ERG) recently completed a study on selected areas of contracts where renegotiations being made were observed. These were presented in a webinar, attended by researchers and academia from The Dhaka University, North South University, Brac University, Brac Institute of Governance and Development, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Youth Policy...

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The Great Lockdown: Managing the economic impact in the less developed countries

The Daily Star | June 07, 2020 | Wahiduddin Mahmud – Remarks made in response to the keynote presentation by Professor Gita Gopinath of IMF and Harvard University at the virtual workshop organised by the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, June 4-5, 2020. The social distancing measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 infection have been appropriately called the Great Lockdown, in remembrance of the Great Recession of...

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Renegotiations at Firm levels Comprehending effects of Covid-19

Research Brief Economic Research Group (ERG) June, 2020 The SARS-CoV2 pandemic, leading to deadly Covid-19, brought disruptions in inter-country as well as within-country flow of goods and services. ERG carried out a phone-based survey of 102 firms engaged in manufacturing and service sectors to assess, (i) extent of initial ‘shock’ faced, and (ii) coping strategies that involve renegotiations in work practices, rental contract of premises and in contracts with employees....

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অর্থনৈতিক ও সামাজিক প্রতিষ্ঠানগুলোর ব্যবস্থাপনার ওপর কভিড-১৯-এর প্রভাব

দৈনিক বণিক বার্তা । জুন ০৪, ২০২০ । ড. সাজ্জাদ জহির । কয়েকটি বিষয় ঘিরে পত্রপত্রিকায় কভিড-১৯-এর আলোচনা হয়। সংগত কারণে সংক্রমণ রোধের প্রায়োগিক দিক সেই আলোচনায় প্রাধান্য পেয়েছে। সেই সঙ্গে আমাদের অর্থনীতির বিভিন্ন খাতের ওপর প্রভাব, সম্ভাব্য প্রণোদনামূলক নীতিমালা ও আপত্কালীন সামাজিক সুরক্ষা নিশ্চিত করার জন্য করণীয় বিষয়গুলো অধিক গুরুত্ব পেয়েছে। নীতি বাস্তবায়নে ব্যর্থতা তুলে ধরতে গণমাধ্যম ও সামাজিক যোগাযোগমাধ্যমে দুর্নীতি ও সুশাসনের বিবিধ দিকও আলোচনায় এসেছে। সেসবের বাইরে থেকে এ...

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Who is in charge? Who do we convey our suggestions to?

The Business Standard– May 21, 2020 – Sajjad Zohir-   The chaos in the management of Covid-preparations and in the management of the basic activities to contain the contagion, is widely acknowledged. The manifestations are in several fields and therefore their diagnosis remains patchy. Recent media coverage and exchanges in the social network reveal corrupt grassroots authorities amidst this human crisis; and a minister recently mentioned the inadequacy in the...

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