COVID-19 and Unequal Social Distancing across Demographic Groups

Regional Science, Policy and Practice, Forthcoming

27 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2020 Last revised: 2 Nov 2020

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Hakan Yilmazkuday

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2, 2020

Abstract

This paper analyzes whether social distancing experienced by alternative demographic groups within the U.S. has been different amid COVID-19. The formal investigation is achieved by using daily state-level mobility data from the U.S. covering information on the demographic categories of income, education and race/ethnicity. The results show that social distancing have been experienced more by higher-income, higher-educated or Asian people after the declaration of National Emergency on March 13th, 2020. Since alternative demographic groups were subject to alternative employment opportunities during this period (e.g., due to being able to work from home), redistributive effects of COVID-19 are implied that require demographic-group specific policies.

Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Social Distancing, Demographics, Income, Education, Race

JEL Classification: I10, I18, I20, J15, O15

Suggested Citation

Yilmazkuday, Hakan, COVID-19 and Unequal Social Distancing across Demographic Groups (August 2, 2020). Regional Science, Policy and Practice, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3580302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3580302

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