The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Trajectories of Key Life Milestones

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the way we live our lives, including where we work, how we interact with strangers, and how we plan for the future. In this brief, economists Gopi Shah Goda and Jialu Liu Streeter investigate the implications of the pandemic on key life milestones, including dating, getting married, starting a family, homeownership, and retirement, drawing evidence from a nationally representative survey, conducted by the Stanford Center on Longevity at the end of 2020.