Black Lives Matter Protests and Risk Avoidance: The Case of Civil Unrest During a Pandemic

@article{Dave2020BlackLM,
  title={Black Lives Matter Protests and Risk Avoidance: The Case of Civil Unrest During a Pandemic},
  author={Dhaval M. Dave and Andrew Friedson and Kyutaro Matsuzawa and Joseph J. Sabia and Samuel Safford},
  journal={Political Behavior: Race},
  year={2020}
}
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