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COVID Future team to present at TRB conference in January 2022

We are pleased to announce that research from the COVID Future team has been accepted to the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January. The following research will be presented at the conference: Expected Change in U.S. Air Travel After the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sara Khoeini et al.* Observed and Expected Impacts of COVID-19 … Continue reading COVID Future team to present at TRB conference in January 2022

Moving during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many Americans have moved during the pandemic. We present findings from the COVID Future survey exploring the who, where, and why of relocations that occurred during the pandemic. We also address the popular narrative that Americans are undergoing an “urban exodus” and fleeing cities.

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.

Familiarity with Technology and the Pandemic Experience

By looking at age, internet access, and how often our respondents used technology before the pandemic, we were able to show differences in people’s attitudes towards the increase in online activities during the pandemic. From changes in productivity, to frustration with new technology, to how viable online alternatives are seen, it became clear that the pandemic affected different groups in different ways when it comes to the internet and technology.

COVID Future Wave 1 Data Available for Download!

At long last, we are excited to report that our Wave 1 dataset is officially published and available to all for download and use! The dataset contains 8,723 responses to the COVID Future survey collected between April and October 2020. Respondents were recruited using a combination of methods: a quota-sampled Qualtrics online survey panel (N=5,250), … Continue reading COVID Future Wave 1 Data Available for Download!

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.