• Tips to Reduce COVID-19- Induced Relationship Woes

    26 days ago - By Medindia Health

    COVID-19 has imposed restrictions on relationships and stopped couples from connecting physically with each other. Couples are taking to online dating to keep their relationships alive.
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  • How Much does COVID-19 Increase with Mobility? Evidence from New York and Four Other U.S. Cities - by Edward L. Glaeser, Caitlin S. Gorback, Stephen J. Redding

    How Much does COVID-19 Increase with Mobility? Evidence from New York and Four Other U.S. Cities - by Edward L. Glaeser, Caitlin S. Gorback, Stephen J. Redding

    26 days ago - By National Bureau of Economic Research

    How effective are restrictions on geographic mobility in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic? Using zip code data for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York , and Philadelphia, we estimate that total COVID-19 cases per capita decrease on average by approximately 20 percent for every ten percentage point fall in mobility between February and May 2020. To address endogeneity concerns, we instrument for travel by the share of workers in remote work friendly occupations, and find a somewhat larger average decline of COVID-19 cases per capita of 27 percent. Using weekly data by zip code...
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  • Electoral Concerns Reduce Restrictive Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic - by Massimo Pulejo, Pablo Querubín

    26 days ago - By National Bureau of Economic Research

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has called for swift action by governments, often involving the adoption of restrictive measures such as lockdowns. In this context, leaders have faced a trade-off between imposing stringent measures to limit the contagion, and minimizing the costs on their national economy, which could impact their electoral prospects. Leveraging on both the timing of elections and the constitutional term limits faced by leaders, we document how incumbents who can run for re-election implement less stringent restrictions when the election is closer in time. The effect is driven by...
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