Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/230390
Authors: 
Alexander, Diane
Karger, Ezra
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 2020-12
Abstract: 
We link the county-level rollout of stay-at-home orders to anonymized cellphone records and consumer spending data. We document three patterns. First, stay-at-home orders caused people to stay at home: county-level measures of mobility declined by between 9% and 13% by the day after the stay-at-home order went into effect. Second, stay-at-home orders caused large reductions in spending in sectors associated with mobility: restaurants and retail stores. However, food delivery sharply increased after orders went into effect. Third, there is substantial county-level heterogeneity in consumer behavior in the days leading up to a stay-at-home order.
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Working Paper

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