Covid Economic Policy

Analysis, Facts, Research – with an Equity Lens


Sick But Still Needing to Work – New Research and Implication for Face Masks

A working paper by Abigail Wozniak of the Opportunity and Growth Institute of the Minneapolis Fed offers several important policy suggestions derived from analysis of a large Covid-19 Impact national survey that assesses multiple measures of well being during the Covid pandemic. Wozniak cautions that this is analysis from the first round of the survey […]

Minority Biz Hit Hardest by Covid Crisis. Most will not survive beyond 6 months. Minneapolis Fed Survey

The Minneapolis Fed conducted a business survey in partnership with community organizations to gauge the impact of the COVID crisis. 768 participated in the survey out of which 44 percent were minority businesses and 71 percent women owned businesses. The data shows that minority businesses have been hit the hardest in reflected in expected sales, […]

The Value of Lives Saved through StayHomeMN – $105 billion

Good Job Minnesota! The value of the lives saved by Minnesotans complying with Governor Walz’ #StayHomeMN order is an estimated $105 billion over the life of the pandemic. In other words, Minnesotans contributed $105 billion towards the war on Covid by staying at home and social distancing for the past several weeks. This contribution is […]

Religious Intolerance On the Rise Globally. Protections Needed during Covid Crisis

The 10th Annual Report on Religious Restrictions by Pew Research concludes that over the decade 2007-2017 religious restrictions imposed by government and social hostilities against religious groups have reached an all time high in over 187 countries. The report was released before the Covid-19 crisis and so, in the current context, points to the need […]

Minnesota Retail Thawing Observed on May 5 Foot Traffic – Unacast

Governor Walz opened up more retail establishments beginning Monday this week. Unacast’s retail dashboard based on foot traffic data reveals a slight thawing of the retail sector as compared to data of April 26 (See week 1 summary at the end of the article) On April 26, three sectors showed some movement, Home Goods and […]

Top 10 Stories – COVID Economic Policy – from an Equity Lens

Top 10 articles from one month of my blog Covid Economic Policy – With an Equity Lens. Viewed by visitors from 30 countries. Top 10 countries #India #Belgium #UK #Bangladesh #Netherlands #Canada #Philippines #Germany #France #Singapore Top 10 Stories: Top Story 1 – article about the great retail freeze dashboard on retail trends based on […]

Covid-19 Impact – Increasing Social Connections & Anxiety Levels Among Americans

A new Covid-19 Impact Survey by the Data Foundation in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis presents a snapshot of American personal responses to the current crisis. Majority of respondents reported an increase in daily connections with family and friends. 8 in 10 report wearing face masks and around half reported working during […]


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