Webinar Series on COVID-19 and Inequality


COVID-19 is reshaping our world and affecting people’s well-being in many ways. The crisis is also drawing attention on the socio-economic divides fracturing our societies, and deepening these divides by hitting the most vulnerable hardest. Shedding light on the relationship between COVID-19 and inequality will be critical to help countries ensure that people’s well-being remain at the hearth of their recovery strategies.

To better understand this relationship, the OECD Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE), in collaboration with the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, and other OECD Directorates, organised a series of webinars that aimed to explore the evidence base and carve a comprehensive overview of the COVID-inequality nexus in a number of areas including: income, spatial inequality, ethnicity and migration, labour, gender, child and education, mental health, environment and more.

To learn more about the research that served as a basis for this webinar series, click here.

You can watch replays of these webinars, access the presentations and background documents below.


COVID-19 & Inequality WEBINARS


The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Communities and Inclusive Growth 

with Charlotte Alldritt, Director of the Centre for Progressive Policy 

  7 October 2021

View agenda and presentations 

Learn more on the Centre for Progressive Policy


Gender Inequalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

with Marita Jacob, University of Cologne & Michèle Tertilt, University of Mannheim

organised in collaboration with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) 

  29 September 2021

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Paper on Workin' moms ain't doing so bad: Evidence on the gender gap in working hours at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, by Prof. Marita Jacob et al.

Paper on From Mancession to Shecession: Women’s Employment in Regular and Pandemic Recessions, by Prof. Michèle Tertilt et al.

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Spatial Inequalities during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

with Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics and Laura Khoury, Norwegian School of Economics

  8 July 2021

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Paper on A poorly understood disease? The impact of COVID-19 on the income gradient in mortality over the course of the pandemic, by Laura Khoury et al.

Learn more on Andrés Rodrígues-Pose 

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Socio-economic Inequalities in Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

with Professor Andrew Steptoe, University College London

  29 June 2021

View agenda and presentations

Learn more on the ELSA COVID-19 Substudy and the COVID-19 Social Study 

OECD policy responses to COVID-19 on Tackling the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis: An integrated, whole-of-society response and on Supporting young people's mental health through the COVID-19 crisis

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Inequalities in the Times of a Pandemic

with Professor Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University

  16 June 2021

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Paper on Inequalities in the times of a pandemic, by Professor Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University

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Education - One Year into the COVID Pandemic

with Andreas Schleicher, OECD & Alexander Patzina, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

organised in collaboration with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

  7 June 2021

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OECD report on The State of School Education: One Year Into the COVID Pandemic

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Air Pollution and COVID-19

with Professor Bert B. Brunekreef, Utrecht University

  27 May 2021

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Paper on Air Pollution and COVID-19, by Professor Bert B. Brunekreef et al.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Economic Inequality and Employment Progression

with Abi Adams-Prassl, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

  11 May 2021

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Learn more about the Covid Inequality Project

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Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Health and Labour Market Outcomes

with Thor Indseth, Department Director Health Services Research, Norwegian Institute for Public Health (NIPH) and Herbert Brücker, Head of the Research Department for Migration, Integration and International Labour Studies at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB); Professor of Economics and Director of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt University

  6 May 2021

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Learn more about the the health and labour market impacts of COVID-19 on migrants, with the Norway case study. Also, see the OECD paper on the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and their children

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The Fall in Income Inequality during COVID-19 in Four European Countries

with Conchita d’Ambrosio, Professor of Economics, University of Luxembourg

  13 April 2021

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Paper on The Fall in Income Inequality during COVID-19 in Five European Countries, by Professor Conchita d'Ambrosio et al.

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COVID-19 and Global Income Inequality

with Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton

  30 March 2021

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Paper on COVID-19 and Global Income Inequality, by Professor Sir Angus Deaton

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Seminar Series: Corona - Leveller or Amplifier of Social and Economic Inequality?

hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

  Series started in May and will be running until December 2021

View the full list of seminars

More information on IAB Seminar Series



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