The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most serious challenges humanity has faced in recent times. Alongside the cost of lives and the deep health crisis, the world is witnessing an economic collapse that will severely affect the wellbeing of large segments of the population in the years to come. To promote a collective reflection that offers guidance for the response to the COVID-19 health crisis and its economic and social effects on our societies, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean launched the series of documents compiled in this book.

The first volume reflects on aspects of the problem common to all countries. The second is a compilation of country- specific analyzes that address the particular situation faced by some economies in the region. UNDP offers both volumes as an input to the current public policy debate under the conviction that solutions based on evidence, experience and reasoned political intuition, will be essential to moderate the shock and build back better.

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