"COVID-19, Race, and Redlining" (joint with Arcangelo Dimico)

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:00 / 13:00

Luiss Research Seminars, Luiss

Speaker: Grazia Bertocchi , Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia and EIEF


"Using individual, race-disaggregated, and georeferenced death datacollected by the Cook County Medical Examiner, we look at the impactof COVID-19 on African Americans and at its determinants. First, weprovide evidence that - as of June 16, 2020 - blacks in Cook County aredying from COVID-19 at a rate 1.3 times higher than their populationshare. Second, by combining the spatial distribution of mortality with theredlining maps for the Chicago area, we establish that - after the epidemicoutbreak - historically lower-graded neighborhoods display a sharperincrease in mortality, driven by blacks. Thus, we uncover a persistenceinfluence of the racial segregation induced by the lending practices ofthe 1930s, by way of a diminished resilience of African Americans to theCOVID-19 shock. Such influence is channeled through socioeconomicstatus and household composition, and magnified in combination with ahigher black share."