• Media type: Report; E-Book
  • Title: The labor market impact of Covid-19 on Asian Americans
  • Contributor: de Mena, Chris [Author]; Qin, Suvy [Author]; Zhang, Jing [Author]
  • imprint: Chicago, IL: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2023
  • Language: English
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.21033/wp-2023-10
  • Keywords: Labor Inequality ; Education ; Demand and Supply of Labor ; Health: General ; and Welfare ; J7 ; Employment ; Retirement ; Employment Creation ; J2 ; Health Data ; I0 ; Human Capital ; Health ; Labor Market Data ; Labor Discrimination
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  • Description: Asian Americans faced a disproportionately larger surge in unemployment rates than other racial and ethnic groups during the Covid-19 pandemic. While existing literature typically examines labor demand channels to explain this, we instead explore a labor supply channel. Our hypothesis is that Asian Americans are more cautious about Covid-19 infections and thus more selective about job opportunities, contributing to their higher unemployment rate than other groups. Analysis of cellphone data during the pandemic indicates that non-work mobility significantly decreased in areas with larger Asian populations, supporting our hypothesis.
  • Access State: Open Access