Mental Health and the Economic Repercussions of COVID-19

Article by Georgia Dietz.   COVID-19 defined 2020 due to the mass health pandemic; however, the grim impact of COVID-19 on mental health has received less attention. Recent work has demonstrated the disparate economic effects of COVID-19 across income groups, where those of lower socioeconomic status face more difficulties with employment and food security. Such

Is the Twindemic Hitting California?

Article by Maya Shah.    Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, California health experts have worried about the twindemic — the overlap of increasing Covid-19 cases and a severe flu season. If the twindemic were to occur, the already stressed healthcare system would be further overwhelmed, especially in hard-hit states like California where ICU

COVID-19 Events and Stock Market Returns

Article by Caroline Houghton.    The entire world saw uncertainty at an unprecedented level in 2020 due to COVID-19. Universities, workplaces, shopping malls, and many other popular locations closed as people all over the world quarantined in their homes. Uncertainty related to COVID-19 and how long it would impact our lives led to high volatility

Southern California’s Residential Rental Rates and the Pandemic

Article by Nate Coffin.   The COVID-19 pandemic presents many challenges for the residential rental market. Some renters are choosing to leave city-life under the new work-from-home culture and seeking living arrangements in cheaper or lower infection areas. Other renters, both inside and outside of the city, are facing unemployment and struggling with payments. These

The Impact of Industry Donations on Voting in Presidential Elections

Article by Anya Syed   Reporting on elections frequently conveys which industries are giving money to which candidates. But these donations are often dominated by the executives of corporations. Do the votes by people employed in that industry align with the candidates to whom the money from that industry flows?   To investigate, we analyzed

Creeping Up of Emotional Violence Against Women in Mexico

Article by Viola Hernandez. On average, women’s experience in Mexico has improved in the last ten to twenty years when we look at factors such as education, economic activity, and representation in business and government. However, the percent of women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual, or economic violence has increased in several Mexican states from 2006

Wildfires: Burning Home Value?

Article by Julia Garbee. A shift in climate toward longer, hotter, drier summers has led to increasingly deadly wildfire seasons. Annual wildfires burn almost three times the area they did in 1985. Since 2015, the United States has experienced, on average, roughly 100 more large wildfires every year than the year before. In 2018 alone

Who Is More Likely to Report an Income Loss?

Article by Mert Akan The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has struck unevenly across the state. Analysis by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy suggests that in California African-Americans were more likely to report an income loss while employees of large corporations were less likely to report an income loss during Q2 2020. In