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Three Studies of the Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the US: The Labor Market, the Risk Avoidance Response, and Mental Health
Last registered on April 07, 2020

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Three Studies of the Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the US: The Labor Market, the Risk Avoidance Response, and Mental Health
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005633
Initial registration date
April 02, 2020
Last updated
April 07, 2020 12:38 AM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Southern California
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Southern California
PI Affiliation
University of Souther California
PI Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-04-01
End date
2020-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study examines the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and related policy orders on outcomes in three domains: (1) labor market outcomes, economic insecurity, and safety net utilization, (2) the risk avoidance response, and (3) mental health and substance use. We rely on the Understanding America Study (UAS), a nationally-representative sample of of US adults. We fielded a baseline survey of COVID-19 perceptions and avoidance behaviors in March 2020. At the beginning of April we began a rolling panel survey of these outcomes that will continue as funding permits, at least through April. Our studies rely on difference-in-difference and event study empirical strategies.

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Registration Citation
Citation
Angelucci, Manuela et al. 2020. "Three Studies of the Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the US: The Labor Market, the Risk Avoidance Response, and Mental Health." AEA RCT Registry. April 07. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5633-1.1.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-04-01
Intervention End Date
2020-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Employment, Work Hours, Earnings, Safety Net Utilization, Economic Insecurity, Food Insecurity, PHQ-4, Consumption of alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs in the past 7 days, several measures of social distancing and hand hygiene.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomize respondents to survey days over a 14-day interval. Each day, 1/14 of respondents answer the survey. After 14 days the next panel wave begins. This design allows us to estimate event study analyses with the assurance that respondents on Day t and Day t+k are comparable in expectation. The randomization was stratified by age (greater or less than 60), gender, and the most recently recorded employment status.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
8851 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
8851 individuals.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Each survey day includes 1/14 of the total sample.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Southern California Social and Behavioral IRB
IRB Approval Date
2020-03-30
IRB Approval Number
UP-14-00148-AM074
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
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REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS