Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223910
Authors: 
Cho, Seung Jin
Lee, Jun Yeong
Winters, John V.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13468
Abstract: 
We examine effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment losses across metropolitan area status and population size. Non-metropolitan and metropolitan areas of all sizes experienced significant employment losses, but the impacts are much larger in large metropolitan areas. Employment losses manifest as increased unemployment, labor force withdrawal, and temporary absence from work. We examine the role of individual and local area characteristics in explaining differing employment losses across metropolitan status and size. The local COVID-19 infection rate is a major driver of differences across MSA size. Industry mix and employment density also matter. The pandemic significantly altered urban economic activity.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
pandemic
employment
agglomeration
urbanization
cities
density
JEL: 
J2
R2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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