From Fear to Hate: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Sparks Racial Animus in the United States

@article{Lu2020FromFT,
  title={From Fear to Hate: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Sparks Racial Animus in the United States},
  author={Runjing Lu and Yanying Sheng},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2020},
  volume={abs/2007.01448}
}
We estimate the effect of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on racial animus, as measured by Google searches and Twitter posts including a commonly used anti-Asian racial slur. Our empirical strategy exploits the plausibly exogenous variation in the timing of the first Covid-19 diagnosis across regions in the United States. We find that the first local diagnosis leads to an immediate increase in racist Google searches and Twitter posts, with the latter mainly coming from existing Twitter… Expand
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