The Musk Multiplier

Article by Elliott Thornburg.   What can be gained from one of Elon Musk’s tweets? Maybe a humorous chuckle at a meme comparing a robotic crane to male genitalia. Or perhaps a slightly updated perspective on the potentially catastrophic risks of artificial intelligence. How about fourteen billion dollars? When Elon Musk tweeted “Gamestonk!!” in late

EVs Driving the Stock Market

Article by Ethan Kruteck.   A secondary market for regulatory tax credits is the secret to Tesla’s recent success. In September of 2020, Tesla reported being profitable for the past four consecutive quarters, which can be attributed to the sale of regulatory tax credits to automobile manufacturers who were unable to meet the quota (Higgins,

Restaurant Survival in a Pandemic 

Article by Julia Garbee and Angelina Astillero    The COVID-19 pandemic has had harrowing effects on restaurants across the country. Over 110,000 restaurants closed in the United States in 2020, eradicating nearly 2.5 million jobs. Indoor dining restrictions haven’t impacted all restaurants equally, though. Cuisine, hours, reputation, and services influence a restaurant’s likelihood of surviving

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