Jason Lawless

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Svetlana Beilfuss, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Amanda Stype, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Mehmet Yaya, Ph.D.


The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent shutdowns pushed many out of their jobs. In the US, there was a wide variety of economic and health system support provided by the states. Using data from Oxford University’s COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, this study attempts to find a relationship between the amount of financial support received by workers and current employment, hypothesizing that states that provided greater income and debt relief are now seeing less employment. This paper uses two different dependent variables, total employment, and restaurant employment. While controlling for population demographics and political leanings, we find that the effect of economic support on current employment is not statistically significant. The results suggest that support provided for the containment of the pandemic through the health system does positively impact current employment, albeit with decreasing effect as the support increases.

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Economics Commons