Socioeconomic impact and sufficiency of government financial support during COVID-19 pandemic: A retrospective study

Wee Yeap Lau, Guek Nee Ke*, Tien Ming Yip, Rachel Mei Ming Wong, Khalil Anwar Kamal, Shen Ching Lee, Stephen Carter, Rozainee Khairudin, Dasha Grajfoner

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Abstract

This study examines the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the sufficiency of government support. Based on an online survey with 920 respondents, the cross-tabulation and binary logistic regression results show: firstly, in terms of loss of income, male respondents are more likely to have a loss of income as compared to female counterparts, and secondly, among different categories of employment status, the self-employed respondents are the most vulnerable group, given that more than 20 percent of them experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, respondents working in small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) and the informal sector are more likely to face loss of income as compared to respondents working in other sectors of employment. Likewise, respondents without tertiary education level are more likely to have a loss of income as compared to respondents with university certification. The baseline results highlight the insufficiency of government financial support programs based on the perspective of Malaysians from different demographic backgrounds. As a policy implication, the findings could guide the State in formulating the right policies for target groups who need more assistance than others in the community.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0302979
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume19
Issue number5
Early online date23 May 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2024

Keywords

  • Adult
  • COVID-19
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Financial Support
  • Financing, Government
  • Government
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics
  • Retrospective Studies
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult

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