IMF: How social unrest can inspire changes in policy

Protests driven by the pandemic’s economic fallout are on the rise, with potentially long-lasting economic consequences. Image: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Samuel Pienknagura

Economist , Regional Studies Division, Western Hemisphere Department, IMF

Luca Antonio Ricci

Division Chief, Western Hemisphere Department, IMF

Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov

Regional Resident Representative for Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic., IMF


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Economic damage from social unrest can be long lasting.
On average, GDP remains 1 percentage point below its pre-shock level a year after a major protest. Image: IMF
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