COVID’s Impact on Families with Young Children

10:00–11:00 am
Zoom Webinar

Organizer: UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong


The COVID-19 crisis and its reverberations resulted in levels of economic distress unprecedented since the 1930s. But COVID was a seismic social shock even for families that lost no income, due at least in part to abrupt school closures and the widespread threat of illness and death. The COVID-19 crisis will not affect all families equally, but may cause particular harm to children of low-income and less-educated parents and for preschool-age children, who are especially sensitive to developmental inputs.

Scarcity theory proposes that feelings of insufficient economic resources influence the way attentional resources are allocated and subsequently biases decision-making. The COVID-19 pandemic has represented a time of increased economic uncertainty and stress, perhaps especially for low-income parents.

In this episode, we have invited Professor Ariel Kalil, Daniel Levin Professor at the UChicago Harris School of Public Policy, to share her recent research on financial scarcity, stress, and inattention in low income parents of young children under the COVID crisis.

April 7, 2022
7:30am               Delhi
10:00am             Hong Kong | Beijing | Singapore
11:00am             Japan | South Korea
April 6, 2022
9:00pm               Chicago



Ariel Kalil
Daniel Levin Professor
Harris School of Public Policy
The University of Chicago



Mark Barnekow (MBA '88)
Executive Director
The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong

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