Center for Economic and Social Research
and Department of Economics
University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, CA 90089
Institutional Affiliation: University of Southern California
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2020||Remote Work and the Heterogeneous Impact of COVID-19 on Employment and Health|
with , , , : w27749
This paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and respiratory health for remote workers (i.e. those who can work from home) and non-remote workers in the United States. Using a large, nationally-representative, high-frequency panel dataset from March through July of 2020, we show that job losses were up to three times as large for non-remote workers. This gap is larger than the differential job losses for women, African Americans, Hispanics, or workers without college degrees. Non-remote workers also experienced relatively worse respiratory health, which likely occurred because it was more difficult for non-remote workers to protect themselves. Grouping workers by pre-pandemic household income shows that job losses and, to a lesser extent, health losses were highe...
|July 2014||Measuring Household Spending and Payment Habits: The Role of "Typical" and "Specific" Time Frames in Survey Questions|
in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Christopher D. Carroll, Thomas F. Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors
We run an experiment in the American Life Panel where we interview individuals over five consecutive quarters and ask them to report the number of their purchases and the amount spent by debit cards, cash, credit cards, and checks. For each method of payment, a sequence of questions elicits spending behavior during a day, week, month, and year. At the time of the first interview, this sequence is randomly assigned to refer either to "specific" or to "typical" time spans. In all subsequent interviews, a "specific" sequence becomes "typical" and vice versa. In this chapter, we analyze the data from the first wave of this experiment. We show that the type (specific/typical) and length of recall periods greatly influence household reporting behavior. The volatility of household expenditure dec...