Black and Latinx communities have been disproportionately affected by economic hardships during the pandemic, magnifying long-standing economic inequalities. This research brief shows that in the first year of the pandemic, older Black and Latinx adults experienced greater negative economic impacts than older White adults. Foreign-born and U.S.-born Latinx adults experienced especially significant economic hardships relative to other groups. To reduce the disproportionate economic impacts of crises like COVID-19 on older Black and Latinx adults, policymakers should prioritize economic relief measures and support broader social policy to reduce economic inequality.
COVID-19, Racial Disparities, Older Adults
Gerontology | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology
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The author thanks Shannon Monnat and Alexandra Punch for edits and feedback on a previous version of this brief.
Pendergrast, Claire; Thierry, Amy; and Garcia, Marc A., "COVID-19 Has Had Devastating Economic Impacts on Older Black and Latinx Adults" (2021). Population Health Research Brief Series. 163.
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