Welfare Costs of Travel Reductions within the U.S. due to COVID-19

Regional Science, Policy and Practice, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2020 Last revised: 28 May 2021

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HAKAN YILMAZKUDAY

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 14, 2021

Abstract

Using daily county-level travel data within the U.S., this paper investigates the welfare costs of travel reductions due to COVID-19 for the period between January 20th and September 5th, 2020. Welfare of individuals (related to their travel) is measured by their inter-county and intra-county travel, where travel costs are measured by the corresponding distance measures. Important transport policy implications follow regarding how policy makers can act to mitigate welfare costs of travel reductions without worsening the COVID-19 spread.

Keywords: COVID-19, Travel Reductions, Welfare Costs, U.S. Counties

JEL Classification: J61, I10, I31, R11, R13

Suggested Citation

Yilmazkuday, Hakan, Welfare Costs of Travel Reductions within the U.S. due to COVID-19 (May 14, 2021). Regional Science, Policy and Practice, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587168 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3587168

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