Lessons from Abroad for an Inclusive Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic inequities, with the brunt of its effects felt by Black, Latinx, and low-income communities. But a postpandemic recovery does not have to follow the same path.

As communities across the US begin to recover from the pandemic, policymakers and communities have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a more inclusive, more equitable economy and society. To do so, they will need to identify, adapt, and implement strong policies that support inclusivity and expand access to opportunity. Although many of these policy solutions will be homegrown, evidence and inspiration can also come from other countries.

The Urban Institute, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is studying how innovative, effective policies and programs from abroad could inform state and local recovery policies in the US. This work started with two analyses: a demand analysis to identify top policy priorities for an inclusive recovery and a comparative analysis to identify countries that provide the best opportunities to find relevant examples. Based on these analyses, the research team is developing five briefs, which draw ideas from policy experiences in other countries on child care, broadband access, local economic development, parks and public space, and housing stability and affordability.

These briefs and other resources will be published and linked from this page in fall 2021.