A Crisis Like No Other: COVID-19 and Labor Markets in Southeast Asia—Evidence from Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam

Publication | December 2021

This report examines the impacts of COVID-19 on labor markets along with adjustment patterns in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

  • US$31.00 (paperback)

Labor markets in Southeast Asia was particularly hit hard in 2020 when government pandemic containment measures were most severe. COVID-19 exacerbated growing inequalities in the region and exposed large gaps in social protection . This report aims to help policymakers identify priorities, constraints, and opportunities for developing effective labor market strategies for economic recovery and beyond.


  • Executive Summary
  • COVID-19 Impacts and Labor Market Adjustments
  • Differential Impacts of the Pandemic
  • Social Protection and Labor Policy Response

Additional Details

  • Gender
  • Health
  • COVID-19
  • Social development and protection
  • Social protection - social insurance programs
  • Social protection
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • Social protection - social assistance programs
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • 118
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS210508-2
  • 978-92-9269-250-6 (print)
  • 978-92-9269-251-3 (electronic)
  • 978-92-9269-252-0 (ebook)

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