Welfare Costs of COVID-19: Evidence from U.S. Counties

Journal of Regional Science, Forthcoming

48 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2020 Last revised: 21 Apr 2021

See all articles by HAKAN YILMAZKUDAY


Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 21, 2021


Using daily U.S. county-level data on consumption, employment, mobility and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, this paper investigates the welfare costs of COVID-19. The investigation is achieved by using implications of a model, where there is a trade-off between consumption and COVID-19 cases that are both determined by the optimal mobility decision of individuals. The empirical results show evidence for about 11% of an average (across days) reduction of welfare during the sample period between February and December, 2020 for the average county. There is also evidence for heterogeneous welfare costs across U.S. counties and days, where certain counties have experienced welfare reductions up to 46% on average across days and up to 97% in late March, 2020 that are further connected to the socioeconomic characteristics of the U.S. counties.

Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Welfare, U.S. Counties

JEL Classification: I10, I31, R11, R13

Suggested Citation

Yilmazkuday, Hakan, Welfare Costs of COVID-19: Evidence from U.S. Counties (April 21, 2021). Journal of Regional Science, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3752163 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3752163

Hakan Yilmazkuday (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Miami, FL 33199
United States

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