Working Paper

Youth labour market resilience during COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries


This paper explores why some young people have been more resilient than others during the Covid 19 crisis. It relies on data from the unique Young Lives Study. This generation of youth entered the labour market at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. The analysis in this paper focuses on 3 middle-income countries – India, Peru and Viet Nam – and highlights common patterns of individual responses to the crisis. The report finds that due to the particular characteristics of the COVID-19 crisis, individuals’ pre-pandemic labour market characteristics (such as their economic status as an employee or own-account worker or the economic sector in which they worked) tended to correlate with the varying measures of work resilience. Generally, their education and skills characteristics had much less significant roles. This is an output of the Young Lives at Work programme