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Regional Coronavirus Hotspots During the COVID-19 Outbreak in the Netherlands

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  • Wolter H. J. Hassink

    (Utrecht University
    IZA–Institute of Labor Economics)

  • Guyonne Kalb

    (The University of Melbourne
    IZA–Institute of Labor Economics
    LCC–The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course)

  • Jordy Meekes

    (The University of Melbourne
    IZA–Institute of Labor Economics
    LCC–The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course)

Abstract

We explore the impact of COVID-19 hotspots and regional lockdowns on the Dutch labour market during the outbreak of COVID-19. Using weekly administrative panel microdata for 50 per cent of Dutch employees until the end of March 2020, we study whether individual labour market outcomes, as measured by employment, working hours and hourly wages, were more strongly affected in provinces where COVID-19 confirmed cases, hospitalizations and mortality were relatively high. The evidence suggests that labour market outcomes were negatively affected in all regions and local higher virus case numbers did not reinforce this decline. This suggests that preventive health measures should be at the regional level, isolating hotspots from low-risk areas.

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  • Wolter H. J. Hassink & Guyonne Kalb & Jordy Meekes, 2021. "Regional Coronavirus Hotspots During the COVID-19 Outbreak in the Netherlands," De Economist, Springer, vol. 169(2), pages 127-140, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:decono:v:169:y:2021:i:2:d:10.1007_s10645-021-09383-4
    DOI: 10.1007/s10645-021-09383-4
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    1. Henri Bussink & Tobias Vervliet & Bas Weel, 2022. "The Short-Term Effect of the COVID-19 Crisis on Employment Probabilities of Labour-Market Entrants in the Netherlands," De Economist, Springer, vol. 170(2), pages 279-303, May.
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    3. Henri Bussink & Tobias Vervliet & Bas ter Weel, 2022. "The short-term effect of the COVID-19 crisis on employment probabilities of labour-market entrants in the Netherlands," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 22-030/V, Tinbergen Institute.

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    Keywords

    COVID-19; Coronavirus hotspots; Lockdown; Employment; Working hours; Wages;
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    JEL classification:

    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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