Health Economics, Labor

Labor Market Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: State Policy, Compliance, and Social Behavior

Julian W. Klingen, Oberlin College -- The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in late February 2020 in the United States constituted an unprecedented economic shock, in addition to the tragic loss of life, and sparked a rapidly growing literature on the economic implications. Exploiting county-level data in the U.S. from January - August 2020, this paper examines labor market performance in structurally similar counties situated along state borders that were exposed to varying degrees of nonpharmaceutical interventions.

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Saving Our Salmon: Understanding the Environmental Justifications for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund from an Economic Perspective

Rosie Albenice, University of Georgia -- This paper aims to understand the adversity faced by coho salmon and the ways government intervention can help maintain their population. The Oregon coast coho Evolutionary Significance Unit (ESU) consists of 21 independent salmon populations and 35 dependent populations, which have been receiving restoration treatment through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund since 2000. The following paper’s observations are derived from 2000 to 2014 data focused on the 21 independent populations within the Oregon coast coho ESU.