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Maria Polyakova
COVID-19 inequities illustration

New Data on All-Cause Deaths and Economic Impacts in the First Year of Pandemic by Ethnicity, Income, and Education

News / December 2, 2022
Health economist Maria Polyakova conducts detailed analysis of the first-year impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among people based on their race and ethnicity, employment and education.
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For Doctors, Taking Medical Advice Is Sometimes a Hard Pill to Swallow

News / October 12, 2021
Doctors often complain that patients don’t follow instructions. But when it comes to their own medical care, physicians do not necessarily do a better job than their patients.
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Do As Docs Say, Not As They Do

News / August 16, 2021
Does having more health information actually change behavior? Freakonomics Radio host Bapu Jena talks to SHP's Maria Polyakova and her colleague Petra Persson to explore whether doctors make healthier choices than the rest of us.
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The Importance of Risk Perceptions During Pandemic Shutdowns

News / May 6, 2021
A new Stanford study suggests that people’s perceptions of their own risks play an important role in their actions — and that shelter-in-place policies influence what they do, but not to the extent that some might think.
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Excess Mortality Rates Early in Pandemic Highest Among Blacks

News / February 1, 2021
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been starkly uneven across race, ethnicity and geography, according to a new study led by SHP's Maria Polyakova.
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So Your Parents Want You To Be a Doctor?

News / December 17, 2020
New research by Maria Polyakova and Petra Persson — both faculty fellows at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research — shows that socioeconomic status is hereditary and getting stronger over time. Children who grow up in poor households are likely to work low-wage jobs as adults. Adult kids of high-income parents typically have higher incomes themselves.
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A dollar bill and mask represents the economy during COVID-19 pandemic.

Initial Economic Damage from the COVID-19 Pandemic More Widespread Across Ages and Geographies than Initial Mortality Impacts

Q&As / October 20, 2020
SHP's Maria Polyakova's new study in PNAS determined initial economic damages from the early days of the pandemic in April 2020 were more widespread across geographic areas than the number of deaths, which were primarily concentrated in a few states and among the oldest of the elderly.
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Members of the media should contact Stanford Health Policy Communications Manager Beth Duff-Brown

bethduff@stanford.edu

650-736-6064