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    Impacts of COVID-19 on Firms in Malaysia: Results from the 3rd Round of COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2021-07) Kuriakose, Smita; Tran, Trang; Ting, Kok Onn; Hebous, Sarah
    The COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey (BPS) is a rapid survey designed to measure the various channels of impact of COVID-19 on firms, firm adjustment strategies, and public policy responses. The World Bank, in collaboration with a private survey company, conducted the 3rd round of survey in July 2021, following the 1st round in October 2020 and 2nd round of the Malaysia BPS in Mid-January to February 2021. Firms were sampled randomly from an online business panel database, which consists of 100,000+ companies in all sectors and sizes, across Peninsular and East Malaysia. A minimum sample size was obtained for sectors that are important to Malaysia’s economy and are sensitive to the COVID-19 crisis (export-oriented activities: electronics, automotive, tourism related activities) while preserving the sectoral shares in the sampling frame. The survey was conducted online and yielded 1,500 responses from respondents in senior management positions at their company (i.e. owners, C-suite or Director level).
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    Impacts of COVID-19 on Firms in Malaysia: Results from the 1st Round of COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-12) Kuriakose, Smita; Tran, Trang
    The COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey (BPS) is a rapid survey designed to measure the various channels of impact of COVID-19 on firms, firm adjustment strategies, and public policy responses. The World Bank, in collaboration with a private survey company, conducted the 1st round of the Malaysia BPS in October 2020. Firms were sampled randomly from an online business panel database, which consists of 100,000 plus companies in all sectors and sizes, across Peninsular and East Malaysia. A minimum sample size was obtained for sectors that are important to Malaysia’s economy and are sensitive to the COVID-19 crisis (export oriented activities: electronics, automotive, tourism related activities) while preserving the sectoral shares in the sampling frame. The survey was conducted online and yielded 1,500 responses from respondents in senior management positions at their company (i.e. owners, C-suite or Director level).
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    Impacts of COVID-19 on Firms in Vietnam, Report No. 2: Results from the 2nd Round of COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-11) Tan, Shawn; Tran, Trang
    Vietnam reacted early to the spread of COVID-19 by imposing social distancing measures and mobility restrictions. Firms are recovering on average with further reopening and lower revenue loss. Firms also reported lower incidence of reduced hours worked, reduced demand, and input disruptions. However, the extent of sales drop is still extensive (-36% relative to last year) and net employment has not recovered, staying significantly below the January level.
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    Impacts of COVID-19 on Firms in Vietnam, Report No. 1: Results from the First Round of COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-09) Tan, Shawn; Tran, Trang
    Vietnam reacted early to the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) by imposing social distancing measures and mobility restrictions, culminating in a national lockdown in April 2020. In order to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Vietnamese firms, the business plus survey (BPS) was implemented to access the various channels of impact of the pandemic on firms, their adjustment strategies, and public policy responses. The first round of the BPS was conducted in June 2020 and collected responses from 499 firms through a mix of phone and in-person interviews. The survey results indicated that the lockdown had a large temporary effect on the operational status of firms.