Homa Zarghamee

In August 2020, the IZA Institute of Labor Economics published “The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Government- and Market-Attitudes,” a study on how the pandemic might affect college students’ trust of governmental and economic institutions. Associate professor of economics Homa Zarghamee was a corresponding author on the project, which found that COVID-19 has caused a marked decrease in support of markets and government. The students surveyed indicated a distrust in the market’s ability to succeed and a desire for bigger government, but not for the government to become increasingly involved in supportive, redistributive policies such as minimum wage and access to healthcare.