June 11, 2020

Industry-Level Baseline Risk of COVID-19 Infection

  • Richard Lowery

  • Taylor Canann

  • Carlos Carvalho

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Abstract: We present an industry classification–level model of economic activities in terms of (1)risk of the novel coronavirus spread and (2) economic contribution for the Austin, Texas, metropolitan area. Our measure combines various categories of activities that seem to lead to viral spread. We think these measures will provide useful information about how to ease current lockdowns and how to more efficiently put in place future lockdowns if they are needed.