By Mike Cummings
October 12, 2022

On March 25, 2020, India abruptly enacted a weeks-long nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The measure, implemented with less than four hours’ notice, forced millions of migrant workers to leave the cities where they made their living and return to their homes in rural areas without jobs or access to food, shelter, and other basic needs.

To understand how the lockdown and other pandemic-related challenges affected migrant workers, researchers from Inclusion Economics at Yale University — a collaboration between the Economic Growth Center and the MacMillan Center — quickly launched a large-scale research-policy project in two of India’s poorest rural states, Bihar and Chhattisgarh, in collaboration with government officials. 

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