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This session focuses on how COVID-19 has impacted small businesses across sectors, firm sizes, and geography. The panelists discuss how governments at all levels can help small businesses through programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program and how such small business programs may need to evolve over time to promote an equitable recovery.


  • Marianne Bertrand, Professor, University of Chicago (research
  • Chi Mac, Small Business Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase Institute (research 1, research 2)
  • Maurice A. Jones, President and CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Moderator: Timothy J. Bartik, Senior Economist, Upjohn Institute

About Research for Equity in Recovery

A webinar series from Community Development and Regional Outreach at the Philadelphia Fed, cohosted with the Upjohn Institute and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented residents across the nation with extreme challenges, leaders in communities across the nation have stepped up to confront these challenges in significant ways. This webinar series focuses on the most up-to-date research and best practices in the field on how to promote a strong and equitable recovery from the pandemic.

Research for Equity in Recovery I: How Job Training Matters
Research for Equity in Recovery II: Place-Based Strategies
Research for Equity in Recovery IV: Unemployment Insurance During the COVID Crisis: Lessons for Improving the UI Program
Research for Equity in Recovery V: Does COVID-19 Accelerate Automation?

For questions about this series, please contact Lei Ding.