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 Sep 18, 2021

Internet Access and its Implications for Productivity, Inequality, and Resilience

Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis
BFI Working Paper Jul 13, 2021

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

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

Explaining the Income and Consumption Effects of COVID in India

Arpit Gupta, Anup Malani, Bartek Woda
BFI Working Paper Jun 16, 2021

Stock Prices and Economic Activity in the Time of Coronavirus

Steven J. Davis, Dingqian Liu, Xuguang Simon Sheng
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

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 Aug 20, 2021

Covid vaccine success contains lessons for future pandemics

Irish Times; Eric Budish, Michael Kremer, Canice Prendergast
Media Mention Aug 3, 2021

Cable, Internet Companies Stand to Gain From Broadband Funding in Infrastructure Bill

Wall Street Journal; Steven Davis
Media Mention Aug 3, 2021

Big Economic Challenges Await Biden and the Fed This Fall

New York Times; Peter Ganong
Media Mention Jul 23, 2021

Could lower vaccine doses be key to ending the COVID pandemic?

Al Jazeera English; Michael Kremer
Media Mention Jul 7, 2021

The Bachelor PPP loan drama shows the program was flawed from the start

Vox.com; Michael Minnis
Media Mention Jun 4, 2021

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

CNBC; Austan Goolsbee