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 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
BFI Working Paper Jan 10, 2021

COVID-19 Is a Persistent Reallocation Shock

Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent H. Meyer
BFI Working Paper Jan 8, 2021

COVID-19 Shifted Patent Applications toward Technologies that Support Working from Home

Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Yulia Zhestkova
BFI Working Paper Dec 29, 2020

Stock Prices, Lockdowns, and Economic Activity in the Time of Coronavirus

Steven J. Davis, Dingqian Liu, Xuguang Simon Sheng
BFI Working Paper Dec 7, 2020

Designing Advance Market Commitments for New Vaccines

Michael Kremer, Jonathan D. Levin, Christopher M. Snyder
BFI Working Paper Dec 2, 2020

Why Working From Home Will Stick

Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis
BFI Working Paper Dec 1, 2020

Financial Fragility in the COVID-19 Crisis: The Case of Investment Funds in Corporate Bond Markets

Antonio Falato, Itay Goldstein, Ali Hortaçsu

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 Apr 5, 2021

What’s Behind India’s Second Coronavirus Wave?

Foreign Policy; Anup Malani
Media Mention Apr 2, 2021

How the Pandemic Has Made the Creative Class Feel Free

New York Times; Steven Davis
Media Mention Apr 1, 2021

Remote work is overrated. America’s supercities are coming back.

Vox; Jonathan Dingel, Brent Neiman
Media Mention Mar 31, 2021

How to make rational, transparent pandemic policy

Chicago Booth Review; Lars Peter Hansen
Media Mention Mar 30, 2021

Universal Basic Income Skeptics Say Cash Should Go to Existing Services

Chicago Tonight; Bruce Meyer
Media Mention Mar 29, 2021

People are ready to spend money on experiences again

Marketplace; Jean-Pierre Dubé
Media Mention Mar 29, 2021

Big investments in vaccine capacity can help governments save lives and boost economies

UChicago News; Eric Budish, Michael Kremer, Canice Prendergast