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  • Type External journal article
  • Date 21 September 2021


This study develops a straightforward statistical approach to explore the COVID-19 pandemic impact on inequalities. The setting of the study is the economic and social inequalities in France, as an illustration of a particular European country that has been severely affected by the current health crisis. Using rich regional data, we provide a clear picture of the COVID-19 impact on inequalities in France at the regional level. The findings show that the pandemic shocks were very asymmetrical with little correlation with the socio-demographic characteristics of a territory. The consequences of the economic losses suffered and the health distress plunged the territories into an unprecedented and multifaceted crisis. The results of this study provide some relevant policy recommendations that can be expanded beyond the French context. It provides some guidance on how to identify the impact of the health crisis on inequalities and the aggravating factors.


Taylor & Francis


Fateh Belaïd

Research Fellow Fateh was a full Professor of Economics at Lille Catholic University, and Director of the Smart and Sustainable Cities research… Fateh was a full Professor of Economics at Lille Catholic University, and Director of the Smart and Sustainable Cities research unit, with appointments at École des Ponts and Chaussées ParisTech, and Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques. Fateh has also held various positions at the French Centre Scientific and Technical Center for Building and led multiple collaborative projects for the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and the European Commission. He received a Habilitation for Supervising Doctoral Research from Orléans University, a Ph.D. in Economics, an M.S. degree in Applied Economics and Decision Theory from Littoral University, and an engineering degree in statistics. He is an energy and environmental economist drawing from the fields of applied microeconomics, energy modeling, and econometrics. Credited with 50+ papers, he has published widely on household energy consumption, energy-saving behaviors, individual preference and investment in energy efficiency, fuel poverty, renewable energy and energy policy.


  • Energy and Environmental Economics; Energy Efficiency; Energy Demand; Fuel Poverty; Energy Policy; Energy Saving Behaviors; Applied Econometrics; Smart and Sustainable Cities

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