National Economic and Health Recovery in the Disruptive Pandemic: A Proposal for Indonesia

Academia Letters, Article 1345, June 2021

7 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2021

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Juneman Abraham

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department

Pihri Buhaerah

Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia

Unggul Purnomo Aji

University of Missouri at Kansas City

Sandersan Onie

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Black Dog Institute

Surya Dalimunthe

Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity

Date Written: June 5, 2021

Abstract

The government’s rhetoric of Indonesian resurgence is one of economic and health recovery from the current disruptive pandemic. However, this rhetoric has not been matched in reality, as the recovery focus and fulfillment have been heavily slanted towards the economic sphere. There is a need for a policy which could sustainably alleviate both economic and health sufferings among the Indonesian population. We propose for this policy to be Job Guarantee (JG), in which the government provides a job for Indonesians who are able and willing to work, yet unable to find a job in the labor market. This would help solve the major problem of unemployment, especially involuntary ones, which has been exacerbated by the twin supply and demand shock caused by the pandemic. Based on implementation in other countries, a JG policy need not cost very much, especially when compared to its benefits. This article highlights not only JG’s economic benefits, but offers a novel understanding into JG’s health benefits, especially mentally. An explicit name of National Economic and Health Recovery policy is thus recommended, to reflect better the understanding presented in this article.

Keywords: economic recovery, health recovery, mental health, psychology of poverty, macroeconomics, pandemic psychology, social psychology of unemployment, job guarantee, national recovery, Indonesia, wellbeing

Suggested Citation

Abraham, Juneman and Buhaerah, Pihri and Aji, Unggul Purnomo and Onie, Sandersan and Dalimunthe, Surya, National Economic and Health Recovery in the Disruptive Pandemic: A Proposal for Indonesia (June 5, 2021). Academia Letters, Article 1345, June 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3899576

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Pihri Buhaerah

Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia ( email )

Jakarta, 12710
Indonesia

Unggul Purnomo Aji

University of Missouri at Kansas City ( email )

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

Sandersan Onie

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Black Dog Institute ( email )

Randwick
Australia

Surya Dalimunthe

Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity ( email )

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