COVID-19, Traffic, Travel, and Pollution

Michael L. Anderson

from ARE Update Vol. 23, No. 5, May/Jun, 2020 Special Issue: Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic on California Food, Agriculture, and the Environment

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This article explores the differential impacts of recent “stay-at-home” orders on mobility, economic activity, and pollution across the state. Data reveal decreases in travel, with evidence of recovery prior to the orders’ relaxation, but no compelling evidence of PM2.5 reductions.


Mobility, Pandemic, Air Quality, Coronavirus


Michael L. Anderson. 2020. "COVID-19, Traffic, Travel, and Pollution." ARE Update 23(5): 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.