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Safaa Amer

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September 2020The Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Small Businesses: Evidence from Owners, Managers, and Employees
with Georgij Alekseev, Manasa Gopal, Theresa Kuchler, JW Schneider, Johannes Stroebel, Nils C. Wernerfelt: w27833
We analyze a large-scale survey of owners, managers, and employees of small businesses in the United States to understand the effects of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic on those businesses. The survey was fielded in late April 2020 among Facebook business page administrators, frequent sellers on Facebook's e-commerce platform Marketplace, and the general Facebook user population. We observe more than 66,000 responses covering most sectors of the economy, including many businesses that had stopped operating due to the pandemic. The survey asks 136 questions covering topics such as changes in business operations and employment, changes in financing patterns, and the interaction of household and business responsibilities. We characterize the adjustments implemented to survive the pa...
 
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