ADB COVID-19 Policy Database: A Guide

Asian Development Review 37:2 (2020)

20 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2020

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Jesus Felipe

De La Salle University

Scott Fullwiler

University of Missouri at Kansas City

Date Written: September 11, 2020


The ADB COVID-19 Policy Database displays the measures taken and monetary amounts announced or estimated by the 68 members of the Asian Development Bank, two institutions, and nine other economies (i.e., a total of 79 entries) until May 2020, to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Measures are classified according to (i) the path a given measure takes to affect the financial system, spending, production, and so forth, i.e., provide liquidity, encourage credit creation by the financial sector, or directly fund households; and (ii) the effects on the financial statements of households, businesses, government, i.e., whether the measures create more debt or more income. This gives a total of nine categories. When the information is available, we report the amounts that governments have announced (intentions) they will allocate to each measure (in many cases, no amount is provided because the measure does not entail spending, e.g., interest rate reductions). These are a mix of actual amounts and estimates, today and in the future (without specifying when). The database will be updated, revised, and expanded as information is released. It is available at

Keywords: Asian Development Bank, COVID-19, database

JEL Classification: A10, C82

Suggested Citation

Felipe, Jesus and Fullwiler, Scott, ADB COVID-19 Policy Database: A Guide (September 11, 2020). Asian Development Review 37:2 (2020), Available at SSRN:

Jesus Felipe (Contact Author)

De La Salle University ( email )

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Manila, Metro Manila 1004

Scott Fullwiler

University of Missouri at Kansas City ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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