Bio

Saarah Sheikh is a Research Assistant in the Canadian Economic Analysis Department at the Bank of Canada. She received her Bachelor of Commerce with a Specialist in Economics and Finance from the University of Toronto.


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Staff analytical notes

The Bank of Canada COVID‑19 stringency index: measuring policy response across provinces

We construct an index that systematically measures and tracks the stringency of government policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across Canadian provinces. Researchers can use this stringency index to analyze how the pandemic is affecting the economy.

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Staff discussion papers

COVID-19, Containment and Consumption

We assess the impact of COVID-19 on consumption indicators by estimating the effects of government-mandated containment measures and of the willingness of individuals to voluntarily physically distance to prevent contagion.

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