COVID-19 Lockdown Policy and Heterogeneous Responses of Urban Mobility: Evidence from the Philippines

Publication | May 2022

This paper analyzes data from cellphone-based origin-destination flows to assess the effect of community quarantines on urban mobility in the Philippines after the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020.

The analysis of 2020 data reveals that the impact of lockdowns was strongest and most persistent in cities where a high share of workforce was employed in work-from-home friendly sectors or medium and large enterprises. The paper compares findings with cross-country evidence on lockdowns and mobility, discusses the economic implications for containment policies in the Philippines, and suggests directions for additional research.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Data
  • COVID-19 Lockdown Policies in the Philippines
  • Time Profile of Mobility Response to Lockdown Policies
  • Geographic Profile of Mobility Response to Lockdown
  • Discussion and Conclusion
  • Appendix

Additional Details

Authors
Type
Series
Subjects
  • Economics
  • COVID-19
  • Social protection - labor and employment
Countries
  • Philippines
Pages
  • 34
Dimensions
  • 8.5 x 11
SKU
  • WPS220217-2
ISSN
  • 2313-6537 (print)
  • 2313-6545 (electronic)

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