2021 Publications


Covid-19 Pandemic: Effects on Minority-Owned Businesses in Illinois

This research explores minority economic development in Illinois, using self-employment numbers for the minorities during the Covid-19 pandemic. During all four phases of Covid-19 mitigation, African-American self-employment took the turn for the worse, the monthly growth in self-employment numbers during January 2020 to February 2021 was a dismal -7%. Overall, Hispanics have fared well, the growth in self-employment for Hispanics during the pandemic was 11%. Insights into demographics of the typical minority self-employed are provided.

Twitter Conversations of Lawmakers in Illinois: Do Lawmakers’ Verbal Behaviors Predict their Political Affiliation?

This paper explores the verbal behaviors of Illinois lawmakers using their Tweets as the unit of analysis. Empirical analysis suggests that reinforcement history within the two major political parties has resulted in production of verbal units such as “family” by Democrats and “great” by Republicans.

Telemedicine in Illinois: Ecological Explanations

This paper explores the environmental correlates of telemedicine. Empirical analysis of telemedicine use in Illinois counties reveals that the service is patronized in large numbers by collectivists, people who value collective responsibility over individual rights.

Some Empirical Aspects of Manufacturing Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Did Covid-19 shutter proportionally more small businesses (including manufacturing businesses) in the metro or the nonmetro? How do rural manufacturers in Illinois adapt to and cope with the threats of Covid-19? Is variability in adapting to Covid-19 workplace health and safety measures correlated with the characteristics of the business and the sociodemographic of the business location? This paper addresses these and other similar questions using a combination of primary and secondary data.

The Value of Telemedicine

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This paper constructs a theoretical framework that aids in evaluating people’s subjective utility of telemedicine, empirically tests the factors related to utility assessment, and employs relevant factors to compute the economic value of telemedicine for Illinois. The ‘value’ analysis, performed at the county level, is based on a combination of secondary analysis of survey data from MCBS, and CMS’ Carrier file data. Results of data analysis suggest that from 2019 to 2020, telemedicine generated $1bil in healthcare savings for IL. The paper provides an interactive computer application to visualize value metrics for the counties.

Download…Interactive application for telemedicine. Please unzip and execute the file “TelMed.Exe”; programmed to run on Windows operating systems.

Who Uses Telemedicine, Believers or Disbelievers of Covid-19 ?

This paper empirically explores the assertion that stronger is a patient’s belief about the threats of Covid-19, the higher is the probability of her use of telemedicine.

Consumer Awareness of Telemedicine During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Demographic Influences

This paper set out to address two questions about telemedicine: (i) to what extent did awareness about telemedicine change during the Covid-19 pandemic and (ii) is awareness related to the demographics of the population. Data from the MCBS were used to address the questions.