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Early Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses on Labor Markets

COVID-19 and the policy responses have had an unprecedented effect on labor markets, brought home by the spike in unemployment insurance claims. We will discuss a range of ongoing research projects estimating the impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on the labor market.

This work quantifies the effects of early implementation of social distancing projects and the effects on different segments of the workforce (e.g. by gender, race, ethnicity, age, family structure). We will also discuss the effects on different occupations and occupations and industries, emphasizing the importance of face-to-face contact. Lastly, we will discuss efforts to apply economic models to use COVID-19 infection rates from the partial test results.

Featured Speakers:

Rebecca McKibbin, postdoctoral researcher in economics, The Ohio State University; lecturer in economics, University of Sydney

Bruce A. Weinberg, professor of economics and public affairs, The Ohio State University

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here.