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

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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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