A Literature Review of the Economics of Covid-19

63 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

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Abel Brodeur

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

David M. Gray

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Anik Islam

University of Ottawa

Suraiya Bhuiyan

University of Ottawa

Abstract

The goal of this piece is to survey the emerging and rapidly growing literature on the economic consequences of COVID-19 and government response, and to synthetize the insights emerging from a very large number of studies. This survey (i) provides an overview of the data sets used to measure social distancing and COVID-19 cases and deaths; (ii) reviews the literature on the determinants of compliance and effectiveness of social distancing; (iii) summarizes the literature on the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 and government interventions, focusing on labor, health, gender, discrimination and environmental aspects; and (iv) discusses policy proposals.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, employment, lockdowns

JEL Classification: E00, I15, I18, J20

Suggested Citation

Brodeur, Abel and Brodeur, Abel and Gray, David M. and Islam, Anik and Bhuiyan, Suraiya, A Literature Review of the Economics of Covid-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636640

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David M. Gray

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

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Anik Islam

University of Ottawa

Suraiya Bhuiyan

University of Ottawa

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Canada

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