CREATE and the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) Present Fall 2020 Seminar Series: The Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Across the globe, countries are witnessing some of the steepest economic contractions in nearly 100 years as a direct and indirect result of COVID-19. As such, numerous economic forecasts and analyses are being developed to support planning and decision-making as governments try to combat this crisis. 

“The Economic Impacts of COVID-19,” a six-seminar series co-presented by the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California and the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) at Arizona State University in partnership with DHS Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will highlight recent studies of the aggregate and distributional economic impacts of COVID-19, focusing on causal factors, mitigation measures, and countervailing policies, and the potential implications of these studies to homeland security. 

The first seminar will be led by Dr. Kingsley Haynes, founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Decision Sciences, Geography, and Public Affairs at George Mason University. His talk will present a comparison of the COVID-19 infections between a select pair of neighboring states and their border county regions where the policies of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as Lockdown vs. Stay-at-Home, differ. These analyses use a difference-in-differences (diff-in-diff) model to test the effectiveness of NPIs in mitigating COVID-19 infections at the state and border county regions between these two states.

Each one-hour seminar will begin at 10 am PT/1 pm ET and will include a Q&A period at the end of each presentation. For further information or to register for the series, please email [email protected].

Schedule of speakers

October 7: Kingsley Haynes (Professor, Decision Sciences, Geography, and Public Affairs, George Mason University) – The Impact of Differing COVID-19 Mitigation Policies: Three Natural Experiments

October 21: William Spriggs (Professor and former Chair of the Department of Economics, Howard University) – COVID and Worker Safety: Using Race to Understand the Crisis of Worker Exposure

October 28: Sherman Robinson (Research Fellow Emeritus, International Food Policy Research Institute) 

November 4: TBD

November 18: Adam Rose (CREATE Director and Research Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California), Terrie Walmsley (CREATE Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Economics, University of Southern California), and Dan Wei (CREATE Research Fellow and Research Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California)

December 2: Aaron Strong (Economist, RAND)

This seminar series is supported by the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Office of University Programs in accordance with Grant Award No. 17STQAC00001-03-03.

Post date: October 1, 2020