A Note on Age Structure and COVID-19 Transmission in U.S.

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Rong Hai

University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 31, 2020

Abstract

An important determinant of the transmission and outcomes in patients is the age distribution of the population. Using U.S. county-level daily data on confirmed COVID-19 cases, I find a positive relationship between the growth rate of cases and the fraction of the very young (aged 0 to 17) in the population. My results are consistent with the hypothesis that the very young are asymptomatically transmitting COVID-19 at a higher rate than the average population.

Keywords: COVID-19

JEL Classification: I1

Suggested Citation

Hai, Rong, A Note on Age Structure and COVID-19 Transmission in U.S. (March 31, 2020). University of Miami Business School Research Paper No. 3570216, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3570216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3570216

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University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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