KEY ECONOMIC FACTS ABOUT COVID-19

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Research

BFI Working Paper Aug 4, 2020

Tracking Mask Mandates during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Austin Wright, Geet Chawla, Luke Chen, Anthony Farmer, IPAL Lab, DPSS Lab
BFI Working Paper Aug 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Impact on Stock Prices and Growth Expectations

Niels J. Gormsen, Ralph Koijen
BFI Working Paper Jul 31, 2020

Unmasking Partisanship: How Polarization Influences Public Responses to Collective Risk

Maria Milosh, Marcus Painter, David Van Dijcke, Austin Wright
BFI Working Paper Jul 28, 2020

The Persuasive Effect of Fox News: Non-Compliance with Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andrey Simonov, Szymon Sacher, Jean-Pierre Dubé, Shirsho Biswas
BFI Working Paper Jul 21, 2020

The Cost of Privacy: Welfare Effects of the Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases

David Argente, Chang-Tai Hsieh, Munseob Lee
BFI Working Paper Jul 21, 2020

Initial Impacts of the Pandemic on Consumer Behavior: Evidence from Linked Income, Spending, and Savings Data

Natalie Cox, Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph S. Vavra, Arlene Wong, Diana Farrell, Fiona Greig
BFI Working Paper Jul 20, 2020

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

Antonio Falato, Itay Goldstein, Ali Hortaçsu
BFI Working Paper Jul 10, 2020

Mutual Fund Performance and Flows During the COVID-19 Crisis

Lubos Pastor, M. Blair Vorsatz
White Paper Jul 8, 2020

How COVID-19 is Changing Americans’ Behaviors, Expectations, and Political Views

Marianne Bertrand, Guglielmo Briscese, Maddalena Grignani, Salma Nassar

Insights

Insight Aug 6, 2020

Why banks’ declining reserves matter for the dollar

Financial Times; Wenxin Du
Topics:  Monetary Policy
Podcast episode Aug 6, 2020

Episode 17: Navigating Uncertainty

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Lars Peter Hansen, Constantine Yannelis
How can leaders make sound policy decisions with incomplete information? Lars Peter Hansen and Constantine...
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight Aug 4, 2020

Opinion | Should we burden generations to come by spending so freely?

Livemint; Raghuram Rajan
Topics:  COVID-19
Podcast episode Jul 30, 2020

Episode 16: How to Price a Vaccine?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Katherine Baicker, Richard Thaler
Under both pandemic and economic stress, how will the market perform when it comes to...
Topics:  COVID-19, Health care
Podcast episode Jul 23, 2020

Episode 15: US & China: Relationship on the Rocks?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Zhiguo He, Chang-Tai Hsieh
Is COVID-19 complicating US-China relations? Zhiguo He and Chang-Tai Hsieh offer insight into how the...
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight Jul 22, 2020

Opinion | The return of workers to cities isn’t a sign of normalcy

Livemint; Anup Malani
Topics:  COVID-19
Podcast episode Jul 16, 2020

Episode 14: The Holes in the Safety Net

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Damon Jones
CARES Act funds quickly put cash in the hands of Americans affected by shutdown, but...
Topics:  COVID-19
Podcast episode Jul 11, 2020

Episode 13: Stopping an Avalanche of Poverty

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Bruce Meyer
One of the largest economic downturns in US history has not produced more poverty. What...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, COVID-19

In the Media

Media Mention Aug 12, 2020

Funding for $300-a-Week Unemployment Benefits Could Run Out in Six Weeks

Wall Street Journal; Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph Vavra
Media Mention Aug 11, 2020

How Much Will A COVID-19 Vaccine Cost?

NPR 1A; Katherine Baicker
Media Mention Aug 11, 2020

What Economists Fear Will Happen Without More Unemployment Aid

FiveThirtyEight; Chicago Booth IGM Economic Experts Panel
Media Mention Aug 11, 2020

Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ recession?

BBC; Veronica Guerrieri
Media Mention Aug 10, 2020

Tax Hikes Reduce Innovation And Could Delay Recovery

Forbes; Ufuk Akcigit
Media Mention Aug 8, 2020

Virus causing financial pain even for people still working

Associated Press; Erik Hurst