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Emily E. Wiemers

Department of Public Administration
and International Affairs
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2020Disparities in Vulnerability to Severe Complications from COVID-19 in the United States
with Scott Abrahams, Marwa AlFakhri, V. Joseph Hotz, Robert F. Schoeni, Judith A. Seltzer: w27294
This paper provides the first nationally representative estimates of vulnerability to severe com-plications from COVID-19 overall and across race-ethnicity and socioeconomic status. We use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to examine the prevalence of specific health condi-tions associated with complications from COVID-19 and to calculate, for each individual, an index of the risk of severe complications from respiratory infections developed by DeCaprio et al. (2020). We show large disparities across race-ethnicity and socioeconomic status in the prev-alence of conditions which are associated with the risk of severe complications from COVID-19. Moreover, we show that these disparities emerge early in life, prior to age 65, leading to higher vulnerability to such complications. Whil...
October 2018The Role of Parental Wealth and Income in Financing Children's College Attendance and Its Consequences
with V. Joseph Hotz, Joshua Rasmussen, Kate Maxwell Koegel: w25144
This paper examines the influence of parental wealth and income on children's college attendance and parental financing decisions, graduation, and quality of college attended, and whether parental financing affects the subsequent indebtedness of parents and children. We find that higher levels of parents' wealth and income increase the likelihood that children attend college with financial support relative to not attending college, and that parental wealth increases the likelihood that children graduate from college. We show descriptive evidence that parental support for college increases the subsequent level of housing debt that parents hold but does not reduce student debt for children.
 
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