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Investigating Attitudinal and Behavioral Changes in U.S. Households Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Investigating Attitudinal and Behavioral Changes in U.S. Households Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Principal Investigator: Deborah Salon, Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
​Co-Principal Investigator: Ram Pendyala, Director, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Project Duration:
5 months
​Project Budget (Federal UTC Funds):
$39,207.89 
Project Budget (Cost-share):
$17,258.42 
Institution:
Arizona State University

 

Abstract
Virtually overnight, a large fraction of U.S. households has transitioned from a reality of long commutes to telecommuting, from in-person to online classes and business meetings, and from in-store to online shopping – even for groceries. Many of these changes were happening already, but COVID-19 has pressed the fast-forward button. After the threat of contagion is gone, to what extent will American society “go back” to our pre-COVID-19 way of life? Knowing the answer to this question is critical for making good business and policy decisions, and in recent weeks, a variety of thought leaders have written predictions of the future.

We are conducting a national survey with the goal of using real data to begin to understand what the future may hold. Old habits die hard, as they say, but the disruption of COVID-19 is different from other shocks in that it may actually change habits. Importantly, there are some aspects to our disrupted lives that we may actually want to “keep” because we’ve been introduced to new technologies and ways of interacting that are quite convenient, and actually save time and money. Initial survey results suggest that respondents do expect substantial changes in telecommuting, business air travel, and online shopping that will persist beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Research Products and Implementation

Scope of Work

​Final Report (coming soon)

Research Brief ​(coming soon)