U.S. COVID-19 control lockdowns cost about 480 jobs, through April 24, for every pandemic-related death recorded up to that date, according to John McGowan.
The number of jobs lost per pandemic-related death ranged from 71, in New York state, up to 9,183, in Hawaii, with a median around 1,800, McGowan reports ,in a table in a new working paper.
McGowan is an accounting professor at St. Louis University. He calculated state-by-state ratios of COVID-19-related job losses to COVID-19 deaths to support an analysis of the conflict over reopening strategies between states that tend to vote for Democrats and states that tend to vote for Republicans.
- A link to the McGowan paper is available here.
- An article about what the post-pandemic world might look like is available here.
McGowan supports aggressive efforts to reopen the economy. He contends that, according to data reported through April 24. “Red states” had experienced only 12% of all COVID-19 deaths reported and about 45% of the lockdown-related job losses.
A working paper is a paper that has not yet gone through a full peer review process. McGowan has posted his working paper on SSRN.com, a social services research paper repository.