The Covid-19 Pandemic and Asian American Employment

32 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2020

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Luojia Hu

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Bo E. Honoré

Princeton University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 21, 2020

Abstract

This paper documents that the employment of Asian Americans with no college education has been especially hard hit by the economic crisis associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. This cannot be explained by differences in demographics or in job characteristics, and the pattern does not apply to the 2008 economic crisis. We find some evidence that the effect is larger in occupations with more interpersonal tasks. Asian American employment is also harder hit unconditional on education. This suggests that different selection into education levels across ethnic groups alone cannot explain the main results.

Keywords: Employment, Pandemic, Asian Americans, Racial Disparity

JEL Classification: J21, J70, J71

Suggested Citation

Hu, Luojia and Honore, Bo E., The Covid-19 Pandemic and Asian American Employment (September 21, 2020). FRB of Chicago Working Paper No. 2020-19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3697541

Luojia Hu (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Bo E. Honore

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

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