Life Experience and Community during COVID-19 in the United States (LECC-US)


Life Experience and Community during COVID-19 in the US, is an ongoing longitudinal study designed to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual’s economic and social life, subjective well-being, perceptions and attitudes, and social participation, in order to investigate the role of community in supporting residents during public health crises in the United States. The study is based on the national representative sample drawn from the probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, implemented by NORC at the University of Chicago. Some questions were adopted from the LECC-Wuhan survey for comparative analysis.

The baseline survey includes 4,000 US adults age 18 or older, who were interviewed from August 28 to September 18, 2020. These respondents will be followed 4 months later with an estimated retention rate of 75%, or 3,000 completed interviews. The web-based survey is administered in both English and Spanish. The data is delivered with pre-collected demographic and household characteristic information, as well as statistical weights.

The project is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU and the Provost Office of NYU Shanghai, and is co-led by Professor Mike Hout (NYU Sociology) and Professor Xiaogang Wu (NYU Shanghai). It is the first joint project of data collection between NYU Washington Square and NYU Shanghai. 

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