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 first wave (N=4,407) was conducted between August 28 to September 18, 2020, of which 3,439 were successfully re-interviewed between March 23, 2021 – April 5, 2021, and 3001 from either Wave 1, or Wave 2, or both, finished a follow-up survey between June 30, 2023 – July 24, 2023. 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. LECC-US has taken a unique time window to construct a comprehensive database to investigate the social and political consequences of the COVID-19 in the US. One significant theme in the LECC-US is to gauge the American changing attitude towards China and Chinese American.

The first two-wave of survey was supported by NYU Shanghai and the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU, and co-led by Professor Xiaogang Wu (NYU Shanghai) and Professor Mike Hout (NYU Sociology). The third wave of survey was funded by NYU Shanghai Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER), co-led by Professor Xiaogang Wu (NYU Shanghai and FAS), and Assistant Professor Jia Miao (NYU Shanghai).

The LECC-US is the first joint project of data collection between NYU Shanghai and Washington Square.

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