Research Response to COVID-19

Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 Survey

COVID-19 has dramatically shifted the world, and applying lessons learned during the pandemic will be critical as we not only rebuild our economy, but make it more equitable, too. In response to the pandemic, SPI administered the Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 survey in both the United States and Israel. Multiple waves of each survey will be administered.

United States Survey

 The survey in the U.S. was 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.

Israel Survey

A similar survey was fielded in Israel to examine the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to be fielded in at least three waves every three months. Each survey will have a cross-sectional and a panel component, allowing for a robust survey sample of households in each wave as well as to track household outcomes over time.

The first wave of the national survey was administered to approximately 2,300 Israeli respondents between June 4 and July 1, 2020. The first survey was fielded through Qualtrics in Hebrew; subsequent surveys will be administered in both Hebrew and Arabic.

The survey includes approximately 150 questions on household demographics, employment, gig employment, business ownership, assets, debt, well-being, housing and other hardships, health, exposure to COVID-19, perspectives about the pandemic, government support, and children’s education.