The Covid-19 Pandemic and Asian American Employment
37 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 21, 2020
Recent studies have documented the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor market outcomes for different racial groups. This paper adds to this literature by documenting that the employment of Asian Americans - in particular those with no college education - has been especially hard hit by the economic crisis associated with the onset of the pandemic. This can only partly be explained by differences in demographics, local market conditions, and job characteristics, and it also cannot be entirely explained by possible different selection into education levels across ethnic groups. The burden on Asian Americans is primarily borne by those who are not US-born.
Keywords: Employment, Pandemic, Asian Americans, Racial Disparity
JEL Classification: J21, J70, J71
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