DP14842 Understanding Spatial Variation in COVID-19 across the United States

Author(s): Klaus Desmet, Romain Wacziarg
Publication Date: June 2020
Keyword(s): COVID-19, Determinants, spatial variation, US counties
JEL(s): I18, R1
Programme Areas: Public Economics, International Trade and Regional Economics
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We analyze the correlates of COVID-19 cases and deaths across US counties. We consider a wide range of correlates - population density, public transportation, age structure, nursing home residents, connectedness to source countries, among others - in an effort to pinpoint factors explaining differential severity of the disease at the county level. The patterns we identify are meant to improve our understanding of the drivers of the spread of COVID-19, with an eye toward helping policymakers design responses that are sensitive to the specificities of different locations.