Research Insights About Covid-19

We attempt to provide selected highlights in recent research findings

Last Update on 1 January 2021

December 2020

December 15, 2020 (Clinics in Dermatology)

Rescuing Medical Education in Times of COVID-19

Virginia A. Jones, Kayla A. Clark, Carolina Puyana et al.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2020.12.010

The COVID pandemic has impacted on medical education affecting career progression and outcomes. The authors assessed the effects of COVID-19 on dermatology clinics, residency education and medical education. They explored recommendations and offered additional suggestions.

 

 

December 8, 2020 (Journal of Economics and Business)

Economic sentiment during the COVID pandemic: Evidence from search behaviour in the EU

Wouter Van der Wielen & Salvador Barrios

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeconbus.2020.105970

The authors show that the health crisis and the ensuing lockdown came with an unseen shift in households’ economic sentiment. First, using a European dataset of internet searches, they document a substantial increase in people's business cycle related searches. People's unemployment concerns rose drastically and a significant, coinciding slowdown in labour markets and consumption. The analysis shows that the ensuing shift in sentiment was significantly more outspoken in those hardest-hit countries. Various unprecedented fiscal policy actions, such as the short-time work schemes implemented or reformed at the onset of the COVID-crisis, however, have not eased economic sentiment.

 

 

December 3, 2020 (Heliyon)

Economic stimulus for COVID-19 pandemic and its determinants: evidence from a cross-country analysis

Md. Nur Alam Siddik

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05634

This research reports the extent and progress of stimulus packages by proposing a multidimensional index that standardizes governments' economic responses so that we can examine the differences in economic policies. The Euclidean distance formula is applied to develop the new index and then identify the determinants of such economic stimulation. Chile, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden and the Netherlands responded more strongly to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the remaining countries responded slightly to the pandemic.

Dec 1 2020 (Personality and Individual Differences)

Personal economic anxiety in response to COVID-19

Frank D.Mann, Robert F.Krueger, Kathleen D.Vohs

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886920304220

This study examines individual differences in who may experience economic anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An online survey was collected from a sample of 513 adults using the Amazon's Mechanical Turk Prime platform. Data collection began on March 17th. Results indicate that younger adults tended to report greater anxiety than older adults. Black respondents reported significantly more anxiety, whereas respondents without children living at home reported less anxiety. Low collective self-esteem, low conscientiousness, and low openness to experience were associated with greater economic anxiety. High neuroticism, perceived vulnerability to disease, and belongingness stemming from large group activities also were associated with greater anxiety.

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