KEY ECONOMIC FINDINGS ABOUT COVID-19

Rigorous insights into the ongoing economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Research

BFI Working Paper May 31, 2021

Science Skepticism Reduces Compliance with COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Policies

Adam Brzezinski, Valentin Kecht, David Van Dijcke, Austin Wright
BFI Working Paper May 6, 2021

Work from Home & Productivity: Evidence from Personnel & Analytics Data on IT Professionals

Michael Gibbs, Friederike Mengel, Christoph Siemroth
BFI Working Paper Apr 22, 2021

Why Working From Home Will Stick

Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis
BFI Working Paper Apr 20, 2021

The impact of domestic travel bans on COVID-19 is nonlinear in their duration

Fiona Burlig, Anant Sudarshan, Garrison Schlauch
BFI Working Paper Feb 3, 2021

Firm-level Risk Exposures and Stock Returns in the Wake of COVID-19

Steven J. Davis, Stephen Hansen, Cristhian Seminario-Amez
BFI Working Paper Jan 10, 2021

Pandemic-Era Uncertainty on Main Street and Wall Street

Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Steven J. Davis, Nicholas Parker, David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom

Insights

Insights / Podcast episodeApr 07, 2021

WFH… Forever?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Steven J. Davis, Kate Lister
The pandemic forced many Americans into a mass social experiment: working from home (WFH). Now,...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Podcast episodeMar 25, 2021

Incentives and the Race to Vaccinat‪e‬

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Joshua Gottlieb, David Pitrak
With COVID-19 variants proliferating, administering vaccines as quickly as possible is a key policy priority....
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19
Insights / Podcast episodeMar 12, 2021

Is the Future Cashless‪?‬

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Fernando Alvarez, Raghuram Rajan
When COVID lockdowns started a year ago, the use of cash plummeted. But the pandemic...
Topics:  COVID-19
Insights / Podcast episodeFeb 25, 2021

The Surprising Results of Pandemic Unemployment Benefit‪s‬

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Peter Ganong, Fiona Greig
In March 2020, the CARES Act expanded who was eligible for unemployment benefits, how much...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Podcast episodeDec 31, 2020

The Pandemic Recession’s Gender Gap

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Yana Gallen, Heather Sarsons
Women suffered significantly in the early months of the current recession, raising important questions about...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Podcast episodeDec 17, 2020

A Vaccine for Billions

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Michael Kremer, Canice Prendergast
The economic benefits of ending the COVID-19 pandemic even one day earlier are enormous. Michael...
Topics:  COVID-19, Health care
FindingNov 19, 2020

When Nurses Travel: Labor Supply Elasticity During COVID-19 Surges

Joshua Gottlieb, Avi Zenilman
Increased compensation is key to getting nurses to travel long distances to meet demand in other locations. This work suggests that mobility across an integrated national market is helpful for re-allocating workers when demand surges.
Topics:  COVID-19, Health care
Insights / Podcast episodeNov 05, 2020

Deep Dive Series – The Future of Money?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Eric Budish, Brian Platz, Yuval Rooz, Luigi Zingales
If use of cash continues to wane, will cryptocurrency be the new dollar bill? Is...
Topics:  Technology & Innovation

In the Media

Media Mention Jun 4, 2021

What May’s jobs numbers numbers could mean for corporate margins

CNBC; Austan Goolsbee
Media Mention Jun 4, 2021

States Confront Question Of Who Gets The Vaccine Shot First

Bloomberg; Anup Malani
Media Mention Jun 3, 2021

Here’s How to Understand the Next Jobs Report

New York Times; Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph Vavra
Media Mention Jun 3, 2021

Op-ed: A vaccine lottery would be a win for all of Illinois

Chicago Tribune; Steve Levitt, Jeff Severts
Media Mention Jun 3, 2021

The Pandemic Blew Up the American Office — For Better and Worse

Insights by Stanford Business; Steve Davis
Media Mention Jun 3, 2021

Wait, Vaccine Lotteries Actually Work?

WIRED; Richard Thaler
Media Mention May 27, 2021

Florida’s already stingy unemployment benefits take another unneeded hit | Editorial

Tampa Bay Times; Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph Vavra
Media Mention May 25, 2021

Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days

Harvard Business Review; Steve Davis