COVID-19 Social Impact Research

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The UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth 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. 

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Small Business Employment Data

Researchers are analyzing daily timecard 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 different industries.

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Household Panel Survey

Researchers are launching a COVID-19 household panel survey to people in the United States. Academics hope to gather consistent (and new) data to better understand how individuals are coping with the pandemic.

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Small Business Survey

In an effort to better understand how small businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, researchers are conducting a small business welfare survey over the coming weeks.

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Small Business Worker Survey

In partnership with Homebase, researchers will survey hourly workers at small businesses to better understand COVID-19’s impact across demographics, geography, and industry, as well as assessing access to benefits and providing insight into future expectations around employment. 

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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 socio-demographic groups and states in India. 

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COVID19 Data Sources

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

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COVID-19 Research Partners

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Interested in partnering with the Rustandy Center on COVID-19 or other research projects? Contact Salma Nassar.



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