Abstract

ABSTRACT:

We review several spending programs designed to support Americans through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. We group these into programs designed to stabilize the labor market and facilitate its recovery and those that provided financial relief to households independent of their employment history. We review the extent to which these programs reached intended beneficiaries along with early evidence of program impacts. Overall, we find the programs were highly successful at delivering intended aid in 2020. Nevertheless, we identify common areas where programs could improve as support continues through 2021, and we discuss related needs that have so far received less attention from policymakers.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-4465
Print ISSN
0007-2303
Pages
pp. 111-139
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-27
Open Access
No
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