COVID-19 Lockdown Policies at the State and Local Level

15 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2020

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Austan Goolsbee

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nicole Bei Luo

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Roxanne Nesbitt

Yale University

Chad Syverson

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 20, 2020

Abstract

This paper describes a new publicly available dataset on shutdown orders and related policies at the county and city level across the United States during the early part of the COVID-19 crisis, from March through May of 2020. In hundreds of counties around the country, local governments issued sheltering orders before their state did. Larger counties and counties with higher incidence of the disease and lower GOP vote shares were more likely to enact early sheltering policies. Basic analysis of the economic impact of the orders indicates that the county-level information is important and substantially more accurate than using state-level information alone.

Suggested Citation

Goolsbee, Austan and Luo, Nicole Bei and Nesbitt, Roxanne and Syverson, Chad, COVID-19 Lockdown Policies at the State and Local Level (August 20, 2020). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2020-116, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3682144 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3682144

Austan Goolsbee

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Nicole Bei Luo

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

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Roxanne Nesbitt

Yale University

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Chad Syverson (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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