The Heterogeneous Labor Market Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Guido Matias Cortes, Eliza Forsythe

Research output: Working paper


We study the distributional consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impacts on employment. Using CPS data on stocks and flows, we show that the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities. Although employment losses have been widespread, they have been substantially larger in lower-paying occupations and industries. Individuals from disadvantaged groups, such as Hispanics, younger workers, those with lower levels of education, and women, have suffered both larger increases in job losses and larger decreases in hiring rates. Occupational and industry affiliation can explain only part of the increased job losses among these groups.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationKalamazoo
PublisherW.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Number of pages37
StatePublished - May 28 2020

Publication series

NameUpjohn Institute Working Paper


  • Novel coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
  • Coronavirus
  • 2019-nCoV
  • Pandemic
  • CPS
  • job losses
  • occupations
  • industries
  • distributional impacts


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