Academic Appointments

2022-23 Courses

All Publications

  • Digital Addiction AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW Allcott, H., Gentzkow, M., Song, L. 2022; 112 (7): 2424-2463
  • The Welfare Effects of Social Media AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW Allcott, H., Braghieri, L., Eichmeyer, S., Gentzkow, M. 2020; 110 (3): 629–76
  • Polarization and Public Health: Partisan Differences in Social Distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Journal of public economics Allcott, H. n., Boxell, L. n., Conway, J. n., Gentzkow, M. n., Thaler, M. n., Yang, D. n. 2020: 104254


    We study partisan differences in Americans' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Political leaders and media outlets on the right and left have sent divergent messages about the severity of the crisis, which could impact the extent to which Republicans and Democrats engage in social distancing and other efforts to reduce disease transmission. We develop a simple model of a pandemic response with heterogeneous agents that clarifies the causes and consequences of heterogeneous responses. We use location data from a large sample of smartphones to show that areas with more Republicans engaged in less social distancing, controlling for other factors including public policies, population density, and local COVID cases and deaths. We then present new survey evidence of significant gaps at the individual level between Republicans and Democrats in self-reported social distancing, beliefs about personal COVID risk, and beliefs about the future severity of the pandemic.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2020.104254

    View details for PubMedID 32836504

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC7409721

  • FOOD DESERTS AND THE CAUSES OF NUTRITIONAL INEQUALITY QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS Allcott, H., Diamond, R., Dube, J., Handbury, J., Rahkovsky, I., Schnell, M. 2019; 134 (4): 1793–1844

    View details for DOI 10.1093/qje/qjz015

    View details for Web of Science ID 000489163400003

  • Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES Allcott, H., Gentzkow, M. 2017; 31 (2): 211-235
  • Social, Economic, and Ethical Concepts and Methods CLIMATE CHANGE 2014: MITIGATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE Kolstad, C., Urama, K., Broome, J., Bruvoll, A., Carino Olvera, M., Fullerton, D., Gollier, C., Hanemann, W., Hassan, R., Jotzo, F., Khan, M. R., Meyer, L., Mundaca, L., Aghion, P., Allcott, H., Betz, G., Borenstein, S., Brennan, A., Caney, S., Farber, D., Jaffe, A., Luderer, G., Ockenfels, A., Popp, D., Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change, W., Edenhofer, O., PichsMadruga, R., Sokona, Y., Minx, J. C., Farahani, E., Kadner, S., Seyboth, K., Adler, A., Baum, Brunner, S., Eickemeier, P., Kriemann, B., Savolainen, J., Schlomer, S., VonStechow, C., Zwickel, T. 2014: 207–82