The Covid-19 Pandemic and Asian American Employment

37 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

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

Suggested Citation

Hu, Luojia and Honore, Bo E., The Covid-19 Pandemic and Asian American Employment (September 21, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3697541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3697541

Luojia Hu (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Bo E. Honore

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

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