Effects of the COVID-related stay-at-home order on hospitality sales and automobile traffic counts: evidence from the State of Maine, USA

Authors

  • Todd Gabe University of Maine
  • Andrew Crawley University of Maine

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17811/ebl.10.4.2021.336-341

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of the COVID-related Stay-at-Home order on hospitality sales and automobile traffic counts in the State of Maine, USA. Empirical results show that the Stay-at-Home order did not have a statistically significant impact on either measure of state economic activity. Instead, households adjusted their behavior as a result of COVID-19 in advance of the Stay-at-Home order. This is an important public policy issue given the large health and economic impacts of the pandemic, and widespread use of Stay-at-Home orders. Even beyond the COVID pandemic, however, the extent to which people respond to government restrictions is important for policy development and implementation.

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Published

2021-12-09

How to Cite

Gabe, T., & Crawley, A. (2021). Effects of the COVID-related stay-at-home order on hospitality sales and automobile traffic counts: evidence from the State of Maine, USA. Economics and Business Letters, 10(4), 336-341. https://doi.org/10.17811/ebl.10.4.2021.336-341

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Policy Watch