Tracking India’s COVID-19 impacts and recovery using high-frequency electricity and pollution data

India is home to the fastest-growing COVID-19 outbreak in the world and is on track to pass the United States in terms of the number of total cases. However, less is currently known about the economic impacts of India’s aggressive COVID-19 lockdown.

This energy insight provides one solution to the challenge of tracking economic activity at a high temporal frequency and high spatial resolution. The data we analyse reflect the overall damage to the Indian economy during the coronavirus lockdowns, but also provide insight into the variation in impact across different regions.

Fiona Burlig, Anant Sudarshan