In a recent podcast for Bloomberg Businessweek, Carey Business School Associate Professor Emilia Simeonova describes some of the ways in which the COVID-19 crisis has brought attention to economic disparities in the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored economic disparities between various ethnic and racial groups in the United States, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Associate Professor Emilia Simeonova noted in a recent podcast for Bloomberg Businessweek.

The podcast can be heard here, with Simeonova’s segment running from 0:35 to 7:00 on the time counter.

During comments in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek journalists, Simeonova said data show that Black, Latino, and Native Americans are less likely than White and Asian Americans to have jobs that can be performed remotely and therefore face more risk of exposure to the virus in public.

Simeonova, an economist who studies health-related topics, also observed that a correlation may exist between local vehicle and foot traffic and the number of coronavirus cases. During the initial lockdown period, in areas where many people worked  remotely and local traffic decreased, they may have faced less risk of exposure than people who lived in places where remote work was less possible and traffic was not seen to decline.

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 Emilia Simeonova
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Emilia Simeonova, PhD joined Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2013. Emilia’s research interests in the economics of health care delivery, patient adherence to therapy and the interaction between physicians and patients, racial disparities in health outcomes, the long-term effects of shocks to children's health and the intergenerational transmission of health.  Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Council and the Danish Academy of Sciences.

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July 23, 2020

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