Income loss and wellbeing during COVID-19 lockdown in rural Bangladesh WP No. 5/20

Evidence from large household surveys


We conducted a large household survey immediately after the lockdown was imposed in response to COVID-19 outbreak in Bangladesh. We then followed up a random subset of households to examine the changing circumstances of rural households as the pandemic evolves. We find that nearly 90 percent of these households experienced a negative income shock. Households that had lost their income completely were more worried about their finance and food, while households with no income loss were mostly concerned about the health of their family members.


  • Firoz Ahmed
  • Asad Islam
  • Debayan Pakrashi
  • Tabassum Rahman
  • Abu Siddique

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