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As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many Washington State University researchers refocused their efforts on the disease and its impacts. Below are some of the research projects going in the School of Economic Sciences.

Joe Cook:

Amaechina, E., A. Amoah, F. Amuakwa-Mensa, S. Amuakwa-Mensa, E. Bbaale, J. Bonilla, J. Bruhl, J. Cook, N. Chukwuone, D. Fuente, R. Madrigal-Ballestero, R. Marin, P. Khanh Nam, J. Otieno, R. Ponce, C. Saldarriaga, F. Vasquez Lavin, B. Viguera, and M. Visser. 2020. “Policy Responses to Ensure Access to Water and Sanitation Services During COVID-19: Snapshots from the Environment for Development (EfD) Network.” Water Economics and Policy, 6(4): 2071002.


Ben Cowan:

Cowan, Benjamin W. 2020. “Short-run Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Worker Transitions.” Working Paper Series (National Bureau of Economic Research) ­no. w27315


Karina Gallardo:

COVID-19 Factsheet Series

COVID-19 and the Washington Apple Industry | April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Supply and Demand Indices Washington Apples | May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Apple Inventories and Prices | June 16, 2020


Jeff Luckstead:

Jeff Luckstead, Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr., and Heather A. Snell. Labor Issues in the Food Supply Chain Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy,


Bidisha Mandal

Paper: Mandal, B., Cho, S.H., Porto, N., Kiss, E., Saboe-Wounded Head, L. “Health Insurance Loss and Medicaid Enrollment during the Covid-19 Pandemic.”

Paper: Mandal, B. “Statewide Mask Mandate’s Effect on Mental Health and Job Loss Expectation during the Covid-19 Pandemic.”


Jill McCluskey:

Lusk, J.L. and J.J. McCluskey, 2020. “Consumer Behavior During the Pandemic.” In Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets,  Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), pp. 11-13. Available at


Jill McCluskey and Ron Mittelhammer:

Paper: Watson, P., J.A. Winfree, J.J. McCluskey, and R.C. Mittelhammer, “Liquor consumption changes from Covid-19,” Allied Social Sciences Association annual meetings, virtual, January 3-5, 2021.


Grant: J.J. McCluskey, and R.C. Mittelhammer. “Analysis of Disruptions in Specialty Crop Markets from COVID-19.” USDA cooperative agreement.


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