October 29 - 30, 2020


Day 1


Welcome Address by Arie Kapteyn (USC, Center for Economic and Social Research)



Education and Gender during a Pandemic

Moderator: Anna Saavedra (Behavioral Scientist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Maria Prados (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)

Gender Differences in Couples’ Division of Childcare, Work and Mental Health during COVID-19



Shira Korn Haderlein  (USC Rossier School of Education)

The Educational Experiences of American Families in the Time of COVID: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Panel



Eduardo Gonzalez and Clare Baek (University of Southern California)

The Economic and Academic Experiences of Students during COVID-19

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Hans-Martin von Gaudecker  (Universität Bonn)

The CoViD-19 crisis and the gender division of market and household work

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Perceptions and Behaviors

Moderator: Joanne Yoong (Senior Economist, Director Research and Science, USC Center for Economic and Social Research EAST)


Suan Ee Ong (Research for Impact)

Understanding knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviours around COVID-19 in Singapore via WhatsApp focus group discussions



Thomas Jamieson ​(University of Nebraksa at Omaha) and Nicholas Weller (University of California, Riverside)

Incentives, Anxiety, Political Trust, and Protective Behavior during COVID-19



Wändi Bruine de Bruin (University of Southern California)

Political polarization in US residents’ COVID-19 risk perceptions, policy preferences, and protective behaviors



Guy Ishai (Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalem)

Behavior-Predicting Beliefs are Inconsistent with Information-Based Beliefs: Evidence from COVID-19

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Aging during COVID-19

Moderator: Tarra Kohli (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Karra Harrington (Pennsylvania State University)

Adjusting to COVID-19 the Pandemic: Einstein Aging Study Participants & Protocol



Silvia Barcellos (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)

Varied and Unexpected Changes in the Well-being of Seniors in the United States amid the COVID-19 Pandemic



Alex Rees-Jones (University of Pennsylvania)

COVID-19 Changed Tastes for Safety-Net Programs



Sita Slavov (George Mason University; American Enterprise Institute)

Retirement and Social Security Claiming During the Pandemic

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Cash and the Consumer

Moderator: Leandro Carvalho (Research Scientist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Kevin Foster (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

Covid-19 and Cash Use in the United States



Gradon Nicholls (Bank of Canada)

Cash and COVID-19: The impact of the pandemic on the demand for and use of cash in Canada


Jake Schild (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Consumer Response to the Economic Stimulus Payment and Life in the Time of Covid


Qi Sun (Texas Tech University)

How Does Government Support Influence U.S. Household's Debt Repayment Behavior Under the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Medical Beliefs and Behavior

Moderator: Silvia Barcellos (Economist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Erica Harrison (ORB International)

COVID-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy: Confidence on a Knife Edge



Emily Smail (Johns Hopkins University)

The Health Belief Model and Preventive Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic



Jennifer Ailshire (University of Southern California)

Media trust and infection mitigating behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA

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Emotional Well Being during COVID-19

Moderator: Francisco Perez-Arce (Economist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Ellyn Maese  (Gallup)

The Emotional Journey of COVID-19: Tracking Affect and Life Evaluation through the Pandemic



Karen Chartier (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Social media use and alcohol consumption in U.S. adults at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic



Giancarlo Pasquini (Stony Brook University)

Community Distress and COVID-19: A Study of Bronx County Older Adults’ Emotional Well-Being

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Natalie Theys (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)

Understanding Trends in Protective and Social Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Day 2



The Racial Experience 

Moderator: Ying Liu (Research Scientist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Jörg Dollmann (University of Mannheim; German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM))

COVID-19 associated discrimination in Germany: Realistic and symbolic threats



Stephen W. Pan  (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

Coronavirus stigmatization and psychological distress among ethnoracial minority groups in the United States




Rose Maria Li (Rose Li and Associates, Inc.)

How COVID-19 Has Affected the Asian American and Pacific Islander Population

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Serge Atherwood (University of California, Berkeley)

Improved estimation of state-level racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. COVID-19 mortality



Alexandra Skinner (Boston University School of Public Health)

Racial disparities in bereavement due to COVID-19 and implications for mental health




Mental Health and COVID-19

Moderator: Daniel Bennett (Economist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Peter van der Velden (CentERdata)

Mental health problems among workers with and without physical illness, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic



Ricardo Gonzalez (Unversidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago de Chile)

The Influence of Self-Reported Received and Perceived Social Support on Mental Health amid COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile

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Jacqueline Cronin (University of Wisconsin - Madison)​ 

The intersection of mental health and COVID-19: how exposure, testing, behaviors, and perceptions influence mental health outcomes



Marco Angrisani (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)

Heterogeneity in Experience of and Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic by Personality Traits




Health Behaviors and Family Life

Moderator: Maria Prados (Economist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Stephanie Steinmetz (University of Lausanne)

Compatibility of family and work during the Covid-19 lockdown in Switzerland

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Parker T. Robbins (Boston College)

Metrics and causes of family distress during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Timothy W. Levengood (Boston University School of Public Health)

Financial precarity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals during the U.S. COVID-19 epidemic – a descriptive study

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Ashlesha Datar (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)

Changes in Health Behaviors and Risk Factors in Military Families During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Financial and Food Insecurity

Moderator: Wändi Bruine de Bruin (Professor of Public Policy, University of Southern California)


Kayla de la Haye (Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity in Los Angeles County

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Julia Raifman (Boston Univeristy School of Public Health)

Unemployment insurance and food insecurity among people who lost employment in the wake of COVID-19

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Necati Celik (Financial Health Network)

How Spending and Saving Change Across Different Groups During a Pandemic: Survey and Transactional Evidence

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Robert Clark (North Carolina State University)

Financial Fragility in the Time of Coronavirus

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Individual Health Behaviors

Moderator: Jeremy Burke (Research Scientist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Sarah McKetta (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

Trends in US alcohol consumption during the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

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Sydney Miller (University of Southern California)

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dietary Patterns in Los Angeles County

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Kate Vasiloff (Untold Research)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Services in India

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Suman Mathur (Health District of Northern Larimer County)

Assessing Changes in Population Health, Health Behaviors, and Access to Care Among Northern Colorado Adults

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The Effects on Employment

Moderator: Marco Angrisani (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)


Ellyn Maese (Gallup)

Working Through COVID-19: The Great Migration to Remote Work

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Daniel Bennett (USC Center for Economic and Social Research)

Remote Work and the Heterogeneous Impact of COVID-19 on Employment and Health

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Hayley Brown (Center for Economic and Policy Research)

Disability and Employment in the Time of Coronavirus

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Philip Armour (Economist, RAND Corporation)

Employment Trajectories in the Pandemic: A Longitudinal Look at Work Status, Working Conditions, Finances, and Mental Health with the RAND American Life Panel

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