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DR. RUBEN JUAREZ

Ruben Juarez is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in the University of Hawaii. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) and the Director at the Data Coordination and Evaluation Unit at the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19.

 

His main research interests include microeconomics, game theory, and network economics, especially in the design of mechanisms and institutions for the efficient, incentive compatible and fair allocation of costs and resources in the presence of network effects.

 

FALL EVENTS

SAFER SCHOOL REOPENING: COVID-19 STRATEGIES FOR EDUCATORS

Hanahau'oli Professional Development Center 
Honolulu, HI, Aug 25-Aug 26, 2021
COVID-19 MANDATES: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HAWAII BUSINESSES

Hawaii Business Roundtable

Honolulu, HI, September 10, 2021

RECENT PAPERS AND PROJECTS

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THE EFFICACY OF HAWAII COVID-19 BUSINESS MANDATES

Despite the national attention around COVID-19 vaccination mandates for businesses, the actual impacts on vaccination uptake have yet to be reported. In September, two counties in Hawaii implemented mandates for employees in select businesses to be either vaccinated or enroll in a regular COVID-19 testing program. We estimate the increased vaccination rate of nearly 2000 businesses in Hawaii. 84.4% vaccination rate was reported among employees before mandates, and an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned. This study shows the first quantification of the effects of the mandates on vaccine uptake. The increased vaccination rate observed is an encouraging indication of the efficacy of these mandates on businesses in Hawaii, with far-reaching implications for other parts of the country implementing similar strategies to mitigate COVID-19.

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Communicating about COVID-19 Vaccinations:
Recommendations for Hawaiʻi

Multidisciplinary policy study in Hawaii to evaluate COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and effective messaging strategies. A follow-up study continues.

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COVID-19 MANDATES: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HAWAIʻI BUSINESSES

Faced with the largest increase in cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii needs effective solutions that would reduce the number of cases disproportionately ravaging communities in the state. In August 2021, UHERO and PAAC conducted a representative survey of businesses and community organizations in the state to (1) understand their willingness to adopt restrictions at their workplaces for employees and customers and (2) understand barriers to effectively execute these restrictions if implemented.

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MOBILE MONEY NETWORKS WITH TAX INCENTIVES

We study the recent development of a Mobile Money in Ecuador using a unique data set from all MM transactions in the country over the life of the project. We show how agents behave over time and how they react when given tax-incentives for the use of non-cash transactions. These findings offer important lessons that would be valuable to other governments and policymakers considering MM.

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PACIFIC ALLIANCE AGAINST COVID-19

The Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 (PAAC) expands COVID-19 testing in the community and empowers educators, students and the community at large with education tools and connections with public health services, including those provided by the AHARO Community Health Centers. Learn more about our partnership. 

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HAWAII INTEGRATED ANALYTICS

HI'A is a multidisciplinary team of researchers that uses the power of data to show the impact of ‘āina-based practices on community health. 

Most of the community groups HI’A works with did not set out to be healthcare organizations. They are farms, food banks, or schools. Oftentimes, sustainability and malama ‘āina are baked into their mission and DNA. What they have in common is a deep commitment to people, and an understanding that true well-being is a community endeavor.

SELECT RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

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              UH NEWS

Business vaccination mandates increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates (10/21)

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Oʻahu employers strongly support vaccination mandates (8/21)

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UH Mānoa safer school reopening pilot program gets $3M boost to expand (7/21)

             CIVIL BEAT

Envision schools as assets in struggle against the pandemic (7/20)

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Changing Habits Yields Health Benefits At MA’O Farms In Waianae (7/19)

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UH Studies How People’s Connections With Land Affect Their Health (3/18)

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Biden’s Sweeping New Vaccination Mandate Is ‘Huge’ For Hawaii (9/21)

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              UH NEWS

COVID-19 school testing, education program expands to 8 locations (8/21)

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Safer school reopening model spearheaded by UH (6/21)

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60% improvement in Type 2 Diabetes risk shown in preliminary results from Waianae-based study (2/19)

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University of Hawaii study of Ma’o Farms shows interns reaping health benefits (2/19)

HAWAII NEWS NOW

University of Hawaii expands COVID testing to 8 locations in West Oahu, Big Island (8/21)

HAWAII NEWS NOW

The Pfizer vaccine is now FDA-approved. Will that sway people to get it? Leaders hope so (8/21)

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Targeted messaging necessary to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, UH study finds (3/21)

HAWAII NEWS NOW

COVID-19 testing pilot at Waianae school could prove model for other campuses

(6/21)

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IMUA (KAMEHAMEHA)

Can ‘aina-based educational programs improve a person’s health and well-being? (page 9) (2/19)