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Jakarta Post

SMERU finds incomes shrink for 75% of Indonesian homes in 2020

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Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman
Jakarta   ●   Mon, March 8, 2021

Three out of four Indonesian households experienced an income reduction last year as breadwinners either lost jobs, switched to informal jobs or closed businesses during the pandemic while government assistance for small businesses remained limited, a recent survey has found.

The majority of the affected households were located in urban areas and had school-aged children whose education and mental health were strained, according to the joint survey by the SMERU Research Institute, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Economic Development (PROSPERA).

The survey involved 12,216 households and was conducted ...

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