The COVID-19 pandemic and Asian American employment

Bo E. Honoré, Luojia Hu

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Recent studies have documented the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor market outcomes for different racial groups. This paper adds to this literature by documenting that the employment of Asian Americans—in particular those with no college education—has been especially hard hit by the economic crisis associated with the onset of the pandemic. This can only partly be explained by differences in demographics, local market conditions, and job characteristics, and it also cannot be entirely explained by possible different selection into education levels across ethnic groups. The burden on Asian Americans is primarily borne by those who are not US-born.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2053-2083
Number of pages31
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Asian Americans
  • Employment
  • Pandemic
  • Racial disparity


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