Kenneth Couch

University of Connecticut

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2020The Impacts of COVID-19 on Minority Unemployment: First Evidence from April 2020 CPS Microdata
with Robert W. Fairlie, Huanan Xu: w27246
COVID-19 abruptly impacted the labor market with the unemployment rate jumping to 14.7 percent less than two months after state governments began adopting social distancing measures. Unemployment of this magnitude has not been seen since the Great Depression. This paper provides the first study of how the pandemic impacted minority unemployment using CPS microdata through April 2020. African-Americans experienced an increase in unemployment to 16.6 percent, less than anticipated based on previous recessions. In contrast, Latinx, with an unemployment rate of 18.2 percent, were disproportionately hard hit by COVID-19. Adjusting for concerns of the BLS regarding misclassification of unemployment, we create an upper-bound measure of the national unemployment rate of 26.5 percent, which is high...
December 2012Consolidating the Evidence on Income Mobility in the Western States of Germany and the U.S. from 1984-2006
with Gulgun Bayaz-Ozturk, Richard V. Burkhauser: w18618
The cross-national intragenerational income mobility literature assumes within-country mobility is invariant over the period measured. We argue that a great social transformation--German reunification-- abruptly and permanently altered economic mobility. Using standard measures of mobility (with panel data for the western states of Germany and the U.S.) over the entire period 1984-2006, we find the conventional result that income mobility is greater in Germany. But when we cut the data into moving five-year windows and compare mobility before and after reunification, income mobility declines significantly over the years immediately following reunification in Germany but not in the U.S.

Published: CONSOLIDATING THE EVIDENCE ON INCOME MOBILITY IN THE WESTERN STATES OF GERMANY AND THE UNITED STATES FROM 1984 TO 2006 GULGUN BAYAZ-OZTURK1, RICHARD V. BURKHAUSER2 andKENNETH A. COUCH3 Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013 DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12025 © 2013 Western Economic Association International Issue Economic Inquiry Economic Inquiry Volume 52, Issue 1, pages 431–443, January 2014

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