Call for inclusive growth

This month the World Values Survey Foundation and research agency Glocalities published their study that reveals the dual impact that the Covid-19 crisis has on values, emotions and the economy. Past research showed that usually crises make people more authoritarian and xenophobic, but in the unique case of the global Covid-19 pandemic with lockdowns and freedom restrictions the effects are very different. The pandemic leads to a boost in progressive values and ideals with increasing calls for equality, tolerance, rising community spirit and an increasing focus on emancipation and self-determination. People internationally are calling for inclusive growth and for reducing the gap between rich and the poor. Levels of pessimism, fear and hostility are rising while positive emotions and hedonism have gone down. The results show that young adults (18-35) have been most severely hit by the pandemic, showing deteriorating mental health, increasing pessimism, hostility, and worries about unemployment and the economy. Young people – even more than older ones –increasingly call for more income equality.

Source: / Glocalities

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In total 8,761 respondents were interviewed twice (first, just before the pandemic hit most countries early in 2020 and again in November 2020). The study was conducted in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, USA & Vietnam.

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