Lab Publication - Social distancing responses to COVID-19 emergency declarations strongly differentiated by income

Newly published research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)  by Joakim Weill and Michael Springborn finds that mobility reductions during the early stages of the pandemic were especially pronounced among wealthier communities, whereas lower income communities showed comparatively less social distancing. These results suggest a “double burden” of the pandemic and highlight the need for more research regarding the distributional impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Joakim Weill was interviewed about the research for a story in Wired.

A segment ran by CBS Sacramento and featuring Michael Springborn can be found here.

Other news coverage: New York Post, The Sac Bee.

Press release from UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics.