Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses and People: Lessons from the Census Bureau's Experience
AbstractWe provide an overview of Census Bureau activities to enhance the consistency, timeliness, and relevance of our data products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We highlight new data products designed to provide timely and granular information on the pandemic's impact: the Small Business Pulse Survey, weekly Business Formation Statistics, the Household Pulse Survey, and Community Resilience Estimates. We describe pandemic-related content introduced to existing surveys such as the Annual Business Survey and the Current Population Survey. We discuss adaptations to ensure the continuity and consistency of existing data products such as principal economic indicators and the American Community Survey.
CitationBuffington, Catherine, Jason Fields, and Lucia Foster. 2021. "Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses and People: Lessons from the Census Bureau's Experience." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 111: 312-16. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20211047
- I12 Health Behavior
- C81 Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
- C83 Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
- D10 Household Behavior: General
- D20 Production and Organizations: General