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Labor Market Insights in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic and School Closures

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) held a public webinar on June 27, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM via Zoom. The webinar featured two labor studies in different lenses providing complementary insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic affected work patterns.

The first study, “Where Have the Workers Gone since the COVID-19 Pandemic?” is authored by former PIDS Research Fellow Ma. Christina F. Epetia, Research Specialist John Joseph S. Ocbina, and Senior Research Specialist Kimberly R. Librero. It examines how the Philippines’ labor markets responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by analyzing changes in average annual work hours, reallocations across occupations, sectors, and work classes.

The second study, titled “School Closures and Parental Labor Supply” by the same authors, examines how school closures impact parents’ employment and work hours. It investigates how school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have affected parents’ labor supply, focusing on women with school-age children. The study reveals that although school closures primarily impact women’s employment, overall work hours were not significantly reduced.

To register, go to You may also tune in to the PIDS and SERP-P Facebook pages for the livestream.



Presentation of Dr. Ma. Christina Epetia, former PIDS Research Fellow 

Presentation of Ms. Grace Baldoza, Department of Labor and Employment Bureau of Local Employment Labor Market Information Division Chief 

Presentation of Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Ateneo de Manila University Department of Economics Associate Professor 

Presentation of Dr. Stefan Kühn, International Labour Organization Senior Economist