COVID-19 Outbreak and US Economic Policy Uncertainty: An ARDL Approach
12 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 2, 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 is generating shock waves to financial markets and the real economy all over the world and the depth of the recession coming ahead depends on policy response. This paper investigates the impact of COVID-19 (measured by the number of new cases and deaths) and brent oil prices on the economic policy uncertainty of the United States. I use daily data from 1 January to 25 August 2020 and I use an Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) model to estimate the relation of COVID-19, oil price dynamics and policy uncertainty. The findings indicate that new infection cases in the US have a significant effect on the US EPU, while there is no significant impact of death cases on economic policy uncertainty. Further, there is an inverse relation between brent oil prices and policy uncertainty meaning that economic policy uncertainty will increase as brent oil prices decrease.
Keywords: COVID-19, EPU, oil prices
JEL Classification: E52, E61, F62, G01
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