Economic Recovery in the Face of COVID-19

Author: Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.
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Article Topics: economy, Pennsylvania, rural, urban Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Pennsylvania’s economy in a way that has no comparison in recent history. The state’s and the nation’s economies are in the worst recession since the Great Depression of 1929 and its effects are likely to be felt for a long time . As of the writing of this post (late June 2020), after months-long mitigation efforts, Pennsylvania’s counties have begun reopening their economies. Now, a key question is, which counties are more likely to recover from the COVID-19 recession in a robust manner? It is not easy to answer this question, because…

Restaurants and foodservice businesses during COVID-19

Author: Amit Sharma, Ph.D. , Breffni Noone, Ph.D. , Seoki Lee, Ph.D. , Chandler Yu, Ph.D. , Michael Lin , InHaeng Jung , Donna Quadri-Felliti, Ph.D.
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Article Topics: economy, employment, foodservice Overview Restaurants and foodservice businesses were some of the first economic activities severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining in restaurants virtually stopped overnight in cities and states as social distancing guidelines took effect. While many businesses tried to ‘retool’ and adapt to the new realities, many others are continuing to suffer from this unprecedented fallout. Even worse is the uncertainty that has never been at such levels; the uncertainty of whether and when consumers will feel comfortable to start revisiting their local restaurants and how many restaurants…

State Responses to COVID-19, State Reputations and Long-Term Economic Health

Author: Michael Nelson , Chris Witko
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Article Topics: economy, employment, research After weeks of stay at home orders or less intense forms of social distancing, most states have either completely reopened their economies or are in the process of phased re-openings. Yet, in some states COVID-19 cases are increasing significantly and experts warn that even in states with clear declines further shut-downs may be necessary to avoid large spikes. The public within a state pays close attention to these decisions and leader or laggard states even receive a lot of attention from people outside of their borders.  How does this shape perceptions of state governments and states as…