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Jay Battacharya: COVID-19 Interview

Jay Battacharya is a Professor of Economics and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Hear what Jay Battacharya, Professor, has to say about the pandemic at hand. Watch the interview on YouTube:

Why the Texas Employment Recovery is even BETTER than the Official Numbers Say

In mid-May, the Chicago Booth Review published an article, Why US unemployment is even worse than the official numbers say, in which they discuss what happened to the labor force at the beginning of the recession in terms of unemployment rates, labor force participation rates, and so on. As COVID policies have been relaxed, we […]

Unemployment Claims in the State of Texas: COVID-19 Data Work and Research

Co-Author: Thatcher Thornberry Unemployment Claims are requests for cash benefits after getting laid off from a job. When a person makes an unemployment claim, they are seeking temporary benefits from their state government to support them during their time out of work. This metric can be very useful in times of economic crisis because it […]

Emily Oster: COVID-19 Interview

Emily Oster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University. She holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard. Prior to being at Brown she was on the faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School. Hear what Emily Oster, Professor, has to say about the pandemic at hand. Watch the interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/J-ew7T4tx8A

Bryan Caplan: COVID-19 Interview

Bryan Caplan is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center and a professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in public economics, public choice, psychology and economics, public opinion, economics of the family and education, genoeconomics, and Austrian economics. Hear what Bryan Caplan, Research Fellow, has to say about the pandemic at hand. […]

Amesh Adalja: COVID-19 Interview

Professional Profile Dr. Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. His work is focused on emerging infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, and biosecurity. Dr. Adalja has served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of plague, botulism, and anthrax in mass casualty settings and the […]

COVID-19 Data Work and Research

As COVID-19 has driven a lot of local and state policies over the last five months, the Salem Center has dedicated a large amount of our research hours to contribute to this conversation. The mission of our project has been to gather information about large areas of economic activity in Texas. We also started with […]

Industry Level Baseline Risk of COVID-19 Infection

Abstract We present an industry classification–level model of economic activities in terms of (1) risk of the novel coronavirus spread and (2) economic contribution for the Austin, Texas, metropolitan area. Our measure combines various categories of activities that seem to lead to viral spread. We think these measures will provide useful information about how to […]