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Model: Impact of falling remittances amid COVID-19 on Yemen’s war-torn economy


  • Dalia Elsabbagh
  • Sikandra Kurdi
  • Manfred Wiebelt
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The day-to-day hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic are often compared to life during wartime. But Yemenis have it far worse: They are experiencing a pandemic and a war simultaneously. Before 2020, Yemen’s ongoing civil war had cut GDP almost by half; since then COVID-19 has further decimated the economy. Dalia Elsabbagh, Sikandra Kurdi, and Manfred Wiebelt find that a major cause is a plunge in remittances from abroad, which has hurt both incomes and employment across the country.—Johan Swinnen, series co-editor and IFPRI Director General.


Key Words

  • COVID19
  • food security
  • remittances