Analysis Group Supports Effort to Assess Risks from Novel Coronavirus on Reopening Quebec’s Economy

June 30, 2020

An Analysis Group team collaborated on a pro bono project to help the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO) understand the risks of reopening the province’s economy and inform decision making, should a second wave emerge. Taking into account Quebec’s unique population density, economic workings, and societal preferences, the COVID-19 Risk/Reward Assessment Tool for Quebec is designed to help policy makers understand viral transmission risk to more than 100 occupations from many industries.

The tool uses streamlined, interactive graphics to weigh an industry’s employment numbers and coronavirus job losses, a sector’s economic contribution as measured by its gross domestic product, and occupational risks to its workers, such as direct contact with the public. Additionally, the tool integrates socioeconomic factors, such as whether workers take public transportation, live with a health care worker, or live in a home with a high occupation density relative to its size.

Analysis Group Managing Principal Lisa Pinheiro, Principal Jimmy Royer, Manager Patrick Gagnon, and Associates Timea Laura Molnar and Jutong Pan worked with a team of experts from CIRANO, and in collaboration with University of Quebec in Montreal’s Research Group on Human Capital, Dalhousie University, and the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia. The COVID-19 Risk/Reward Assessment Tool for Quebec is free to access from CIRANO’s website, in English or in French.

Learn more about the tool