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Consumers Increasingly Expect Additional Government Support amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Gizem Kosar, Kyle Smith and Wilbert van der Klaauw ()

No 20200526b, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: The New York Fed’s Center for Microeconomic Data released results today from its April 2020 SCE Public Policy Survey, which provides information on consumers' expectations regarding future changes to a wide range of fiscal and social insurance policies and the potential impact of these changes on their households. These data have been collected every four months since October 2015 as part of our Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE). Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, households face significant uncertainty about their personal situations and the general economic environment when forming plans and making decisions. Tracking individuals’ subjective beliefs about future government policy changes is important for understanding and predicting their behavior in terms of spending and labor supply, which will be crucial in forecasting the economic recovery in the months ahead.

Keywords: expectations; pandemic; fiscal policy; COVID-19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D84 H3 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-05-26
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