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Corporate Bond Spreads and the Pandemic III: Variance across Sectors and Firms

Corporate bond spreads widened when COVID-19 initially began spreading, then spreads stabilized. How have spreads fared across individual sectors and issuances from the same firm?
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Possible Fiscal Policies for Rare, Unanticipated and Severe Viral Outbreaks

What should guide a fiscal authority in conducting macroeconomic policy in the event of a severe viral outbreak?
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How Quickly Does Fiscal Policy Get Implemented?

The response to the 2007-09 recession can provide a sense of timing when it comes to implementing fiscal policy.
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How Many Employees Are Prepared to Work from Home?

Sorting workers by occupation and income helps shed light on who is more likely to be able to work remotely.
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COVID-19: Which Workers Face the Highest Unemployment Risk?

Some 46% of U.S. workers are employed in occupations at “high risk” of layoff due to COVID-19 measures. How much could it cost to offset their lost income?
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Social Distancing and Contact-Intensive Occupations

Some jobs certainly require more close interaction with other folks than other jobs. Which occupations are the most interactive, and which states have higher shares of these jobs?
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Back-of-the-Envelope Estimates of Next Quarter’s Unemployment Rate

Layoffs are certainly one of the effects of battling COVID-19. What sort of unemployment rate might we see in the second quarter of 2020?
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COVID-19 and Financial Distress: Employment Vulnerability

The burden of COVID-19 will likely be borne unevenly, with the largest financial burdens potentially hitting populations already vulnerable to economic shocks.
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The St. Louis Fed's Financial Stress Index, Version 2.0

The St. Louis Fed's financial stress index has been recalibrated to better capture evolving stresses in financial markets.
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“Parasite,” COVID-19, and U.S. Wealth Inequality

The movie “Parasite” focuses on two South Korean families on the opposite ends of the wealth spectrum. What insights can it provide about wealth inequality in the U.S.?
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