The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Social Science Research on the Impacts of COVID-19

SBS faculty, graduate students, and alumni conduct research.The research compiled here has been conducted by SBS faculty, graduate students, and recent alumni. This updating list of scholarship aims to provide awareness of quality social science research and to inform robust public discourse on the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

For additional information about the university's response to COVID-19, please visit its response hub here.

Research by department:
Labor Studies
Political Science & Legal Studies
Public Policy
Resource Economics

COVID-19 Research by Department


Elizabeth Sharrow
July 24, 2020
New Research from UMass Amherst’s Sharrow Finds Crises Such as COVID-19 Pandemic Threaten Support for Title IX


Devon Greyson
June 24, 2020
Devon Greyson Warns of Public Opinion Survey Contributions to COVID Misinformation in Recent Research Brief

Jonathan Ong
May 21, 2020
Jonathan Ong Finds Disinformation Production Has Become Diversified and ‘Democratized’

Burcu Baykurt
May 1, 2020
Are “Smart” Cities Living Up to the Hype?



Michael Ash, Economics and Public Policy, & Shouvik Chakraborty
June 2020
An Economic Analysis of Investment in Public Higher Education in Massachusetts: Recovering from the COVID-19 Crisis and Laying Foundations for the Future

Ihsaan Bassier, Josh Budlender, et al.
March 31, 2020
South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis, The Conversation 

Deepankar Basu & Priyanka Srivastava
May 28, 2020
India’s COVID trajectory should be measured against that of its neighbors

May 19, 2020
COVID-19 in South Asia: India Lags Behind Pak on Stimulus, Lanka on Overall Performance

May 11, 2020
In South Asia, Lanka Leads and India Lags in Infrastructure, Medical Response to COVID-19

May 9, 2020
COVID-19 Data in South Asia Shows India is Doing Worse than Its Neighbour

Deepankar Basu
May 3, 2020
Indian States Must Increase COVID-19 Testing. But by How Much?

April 5, 2020
Tracking COVID-19 in India: The BCG Hypothesis, The Wire 

March 31, 2020
COVID-19 in India: Has Window of Opportunity Opened by Dip in Daily Growth Rates Closed?, The Wire

Nicolas Bohme Olivera
March 22, 2020
Una alternativa al plan económico del Gobierno para hacer frente al COVID-19 (An alternative to the government’s economic plan to confront COVID-19), CIPER (Chile)

Samuel Bowles
April 10, 2020
The coming battle for the COVID-19 narrative, Vox CEPR Policy Portal (with Wendy Carlin)

Casey Bucholz
April 11, 2020
The Coronavirus and Carceral Capitalism, Developing Economics 

Doug Cliggott & Mariam Majd
April 3, 2020
Coronavirus and Financial Markets: A Conversation with Doug Cliggott, Stockton University Economic Society

Arin Dube
March 23, 2020 
Step One in Fighting the COVID-19 Economic Crisis, Boston Review 

March - 2020
Filling the Holes in Family and Business Budgets: Unemployment Benefits and Work Sharing in the Time of Pandemics, Economics for Inclusive Prosperity

Jerry Epstein
March 25, 2020 
The Coronavirus Consensus: "Spend, Spend, Spend", Dollars & Sense

Nancy Folbre
April 9, 2020
Italian Feminists: In Defense of Caregivers

March 30, 2020
Care Work Network: Distillations_1


March 29, 2020
Coronavirus and the Fragility of the U.S. Economy

Gerald Friedman 
April 27, 2020
Don't waste the public's money bailing out private health insurers

Jayati Ghosh
April 8, 2020
The Coming Global Recession: Building an internationalist response, Transnational Institute Webinar

March 16, 2020
The COVID-19 Debt Deluge, Project Syndicate

John Komlos
April -  2020
The Trump Recession reveals the deep fissures in the U.S. economy

Lenore Palladino
Economics and Public Policy
June 2, 2020
Hourly employees should be represented on Walmart's board of directors

April 21, 2020
Another Risk for Small Business: Lightly Regulated Fintech Loans, Barron’s

April 15, 2020
Loans Won’t Cut It for Flailing Small Businesses, Barron’s

March 30, 2020
End Shareholder Primacy Once and For All

March 23, 2020
4 Ways to Eradicate the Corporate Disease That is Worsening the Covid-19 Pandemic 

March 19, 2020
Business Resiliency Requires Banning Stock Buybacks, Roosevelt Institute

Robert Pollin 
April 10, 2020
Joint interview with Noam Chomsky,

April 9, 2020
Wanted: Shovel-Ready Projects for a Green New Deal, The Nation

April 9, 2020
The Deficit Is Exploding! And That’s a Good Thing, The Nation

March 18, 2020
We Are Facing Economic Collapse on Top of a Pandemic. What We Do Now Matters, (with C.J. Polychroniou)

Kishorekumar Suryaprakash
May 22, 2020
In Chennai, 71% Resident Informal Workers Lost Jobs in Past 2 Months

Isabella Weber 
April 21, 2020
International Trade in a post Covid-19 World

Richard Wolff
April 18, 2020
Learning From Coronavirus: We Can't Rely on Capitalism to Serve Our Most Basic Social Needs



Steve Fox
April 21, 2020
#UMassNewsLiteracy: Understanding Reliable News & Sources During Times of Crisis [Q&A]


Labor Studies

Clare Hammonds & Jasmine Kerrissey
Labor Studies and Sociology

May 1, 2020
Survey of Essential Workers by UMass Labor Center During COVID-19 Pandemic Shows Widespread Health and Safety Concerns

Clare Hammonds, Jasmine Kerrissey & Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
June 5, 2020
Stressed, Unsafe, and Insecure: Essential Workers Need A New, New Deal


Political Science & Legal Studies

Charli Carpenter
May 8, 2020
"East Africa has weathered pandemics — and has a few things to teach the U.S.," says Charli Carpenter in 'The Washington Post'

Ray La Raja
March 27, 2020
Political Impact of COVID-19 with Prof. Ray La Raja 

Jamie Rowen
April 22, 2020
8 Ways Veterans are Particularly at Risk From the Coronavirus


Public Policy

Brenda Bushouse, et al.
Public Policy and Political Science
May 26, 2020

Advice and Consent in the Era of Global Pandemic: An Introduction to the PSJ Virtual Special Issue in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Caterina DiBiase
May 15, 2020
New Alum Coauthors Health Policy Report

Katie McDermott
May 20, 2020
Public Policy and College of Education
COVID-19 K-12 Edu Impact: Policy, Equity, and Implications for a Generation of Students


Ethan Zuckerman
Public Policy, Communications, and College of Information & Computer Sciences

May 18, 2020
The Case for Digital Public Infrastructure


Resource Economics

David Keiser
May 26, 2020
While You Were Quarantined, National Parks' Air Was Getting Cleaner



Joya Misra
July 3, 2020
Nearly 3 in 4 US moms were in the workforce before the COVID-19 pandemic – is that changing?


Clare Hammonds, Jasmine Kerrissey & Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
June 5, 2020
Stressed, Unsafe, and Insecure: Essential Workers Need A New, New Deal

Clare Hammonds & Jasmine Kerrissey
Sociology and Labor Studies
June 3, 2020
Low-wage essential workers get less protection against coronavirus – and less information about how it spreads

Ofer Sharone
April 22, 2020
The Second Phase of Unemployment Will Be Harsher

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, et al.
April 14, 2020
Research by Tomaskovic-Devey Finds Rising Between-Workplace Inequalities in the US and Other High-Income Countries

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