University Forum: Small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic
Restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus have an outsized impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs. Stores, factories and many other businesses and services have closed by policy mandate, reduced demand, and health concerns, among other factors. What are the disproportionate effects on female, minority and immigrant business owners? Governmental responses have been disparate. Economics Professor Rob Fairlie, whose work on this topic has been widely cited in the media, and referenced in pending legislation, will help us better understand where we are, and assess the early-stage impacts of COVID-19 on small business owners. More reading: PBS NewsHour, National Bureau of Economic Research, Reuters, American Conservative.
Tuesday, August 4 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm