The individual effects of the COVID-19 economic shock

4 June 2020

Nuffield Fellow Hamish Low and co-authors use data collected in a COVID-19 survey of existing members of the 'Understanding Society' study to document the different effects of the COVID-19 economic shock on different types of worker.

Their findings were reported on in The Guardian ('BAME and single-parent families worst hit financially by Covid-19', 7 June 2020) and The Daily Mail ('BAME workers have suffered the most financial hardship since coronavirus pandemic began - as well as being among most at risk from disease', 7 June 2020).

(Michaela Benzeval et al. and Hamish Low, 'The idiosyncratic impact of an aggregate shock: the distributional consequences of COVID-19'. Published as a Department of Economics, University of Oxford Working Paper 911)