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.

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Buying and Selling Vehicles in a Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people bought or sold a vehicle. Here we set out to see who exactly was buying, selling, or both during the pandemic, and explain some of the trends as they relate to occupation, moving, income, and travel.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) publishes COVID Future survey findings!

Our team is excited to report that key findings from Wave 1 of the COVID Future survey were published yesterday as a Brief Report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The article is titled The potential stickiness of pandemic-induced behavior changes in the United States, and openly accessible to all. PNAS published … Continue reading Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) publishes COVID Future survey findings!

Who’s Able to Work from Home?

The ability to work from home is an important pandemic-related equity concern. High-income, educated, nonessential full-time workers are most likely to have this option during COVID-19. Preferring to work from home actually predicts having the option to; so do demographics such as race, ethnicity, and gender. In the future, responses indicate that preferences about remote work will play a greater role in having the ability to do so while the role of demographics will decrease.

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