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 places to live and work? We examine this question in a recent post at Three Streams Blog and discuss our research which looked at how state government responses to COVID-19 shaped how individuals rate different job opportunities.