Poverty Lab COVID-19 Social Impact

The Poverty 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.

See the latest results here. 

About the Projects

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. Collected in collaboration with Homebase, data comes from varying sizes of small businesses across 10 different industries. Read more.

Read the most recent analysis

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Household Panel Survey
Researchers are launching a COVID-19 household panel survey in the United States to gather consistent (and new) data over a six-week period to better understand how families are coping with the pandemic. Read more.

Read the most recent analysis

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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 will conduct a small business welfare survey over the coming weeks.

Read the working paper

Covid-19 Household Survey Press Release 2020-04-23 Covid-19 Homebase Analysis Week 1 Covid-19 Homebase Analysis Week 3 & 4 Covid-19 Homebase Press Release 2020-04-09 Covid-19 Household Survey Analysis 1 Covid-19 Household Survey Analysis 2