How will COVID-19 change our world?

Virtually overnight, a large fraction of U.S. households has transitioned from a reality of long commutes to telecommuting, from in-person to online classes and business meetings, and from in-store to online shopping – even for groceries. Many of these changes were happening already, but COVID-19 has pressed the fast-forward button. After the threat of contagion is gone, to what extent will American society “go back” to our pre-COVID-19 way of life? Knowing the answer to this question is critical for making good business and policy decisions. We are conducting a national survey with the goal of gathering real data to begin to understand what the future may hold.

Recent blog posts

Online Grocery Ordering During and After COVID-19

Online grocery shopping is something that has become increasingly prevalent in the time of the pandemic, for many reasons including concern about COVID-19. This post explores who exactly is ordering groceries online and why, and if this is a trend that is going to continue into the future.

Inequity During COVID-19

Here, we consider one important implication of COVID-19: the unequal impact that it has on different demographic groups. We examine different groups’ abilities to avoid COVID-19 exposure, continue working and studying, and minimize life disruptions. Overall, low-income groups with lower levels of educational attainment appear to face some of the pandemic’s most pervasive effects.

This survey is a joint project of Arizona State University and the University of Illinois Chicago with support from the National Science Foundation.