Journal article

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

Wolter HJ Hassink, Guyonne Kalb, Jordy Meekes

De Economist: Netherlands Economic Review | Springer Verlag | Published : 2021

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..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course


Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, CBS) for providing access to the administrative data. Results are based on calculations by Utrecht University and University of Melbourne using non-public microdata from Statistics Netherlands. Under certain conditions, these microdata are accessible for statistical and scientific research. For further information: microdata@cbs.nl. This research was supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (CE140100027). Guyonne Kalb is a Chief Investigator at the Life Course Centre (LCC) and Jordy Meekes is an LCC Research Fellow.