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Economics Professors Awarded COVID-19 Research Grants

Aug 17, 2020

Throughout this pandemic, we have witnessed people and countries working together to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, many questions and concerns remain: Are front line workers being compensated enough? Do most people actually follow the rules of social distancing? How much does wearing a mask really help? What will happen to the labour market in the foreseeable future?

Thankfully, several Professors in our Economics Department have been awarded COVID-19 research grants from McMaster to provide information and/or answers to these concerns.

Professor Youngki Shin is currently conducting research on the Welfare Analysis of Lockdown/Reopening Policy under COVID-19, which will be part of a paper called Sparse HP Filter: FInding Kinks in the COVID-19 Contact Rate in the Journal of Econometrics. Click here to view the working paper version.

Professor Arthur Sweetman, along with Professor Stephen Jones, are conducting research on the Labour Market Dynamics in the Covid-19 Crisis and Recovery. This will track live market developments on an ongoing basis and seek to understand the degree to which pre-COVID-19 norms and trends experience short- versus long-term (or permanent) disruption.

Professor Arthur Sweetman, along with Professor Katherine Cuff, are also conducting research on Long-term Care Home Staffing and Funding amid COVID-19. This project addresses the need to create appropriately funded evidence-based policies and practices to support health workers and health systems in coping with the significant burden posed by COVID-19.

Finally, Professor Bradley Ruffle, along with Professor Anastasios Papanastasiou, are in the process of conducting a paper called Incentives for Social Distancing: Wage Subsidies, Fines and Mandatory Masks