This is what our Google searches can teach us about the economic impact of coronavirus

What does historical data tell us about an increase in searches around topics like "recession"? Image: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Thiemo Fetzer

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Warwick

Lukas Hensel

PhD Economics Student, University of Oxford

Christopher Roth

Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Warwick


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Figure 1. Number of Google searches around recession, market crash, survivalism, and conspiracy theories
Figure 2A. Beliefs about mortality
Figure 2B. Beliefs about contagiousness (R0)

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