Research Response to COVID-19

Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 Survey

COVID-19 has dramatically shifted the world. Applying lessons learned during the pandemic will be critical as we not only rebuild our economy, but make it more equitable, too.

In response, SPI administered the Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 surveys, a nationally representative survey designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Measure the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Assess how households are engaging with public- and employer-based programs that aim to mitigate the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19;
  • Understand how the impacts of COVID-19 and the effects of COVID-19-associated policy responses differ based on key household characteristics such as race/ethnicity, geography, family status, and income.

The survey is expected to be fielded in five waves every three months. During the first wave, SPI surveyed approximately 5,500 respondents from all 50 U.S. states from April 27 to May 12, 2020. The survey was internet-based and fielded through Qualtrics.

The survey includes 200 questions covering demographics, employment, gig employment, assets, debt, financial status, well-being, food security, housing and other hardships, health, COVID-19 symptoms, perspectives about the pandemic, social benefits during COVID-19, and education.

A similar survey was fielded in the summer of 2020 in Israel.