Throughout the global pandemic, Chicago Booth faculty have published a significant amount of COVID-19 social impact research, from presenting a price-theory approach to COVID-19 lockdown and reopening policies to examining the impact of the virus on supply chains and credit risk.

Click here for the latest results from a research partnership between the Rustandy Center and the UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab.

UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab and Rustandy Center Partnership

The UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation have embarked on a series of joint research projects to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses and households. Scroll down for the latest results.

Small Business Employment Data

Researchers are analyzing daily time-card data for nearly 40,000 small businesses in the United States, tracking changes in hours worked before and after the COVID-19 crisis began. In collaboration with Homebase, data includes varying sizes of small businesses across 10 industries.


Household Panel Survey

Researchers conducted a multiple-wave COVID-19 household panel survey with respondents  in the United States between April to October 2020. Academics gathered frequent data from the same group of respondents over time to better understand how individuals were coping with the pandemic.

Small Business Survey

Researchers conducted small business welfare surveys and documented how small businesses in the United States have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Survey of Chicago Small Business Owners

A Way Forward for Small Businesses

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India Household Data

Researchers are studying the economic impact of COVID-19 on a nationally representative sample of Indian households, examining how incomes have changed, how households are coping, and how this varies across sociodemographic groups and states in India.

For Researchers: Data Sources

Researchers at the Rustandy Center are compiling datasets related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Our COVID-19 Research Partners

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