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How Contagious is the Omicron Variant?

New research, by Professor Peter Reinhard Hansen, provides econometric methods to estimate how contagious a new virus variant is, shortly after it has emerged. Omicron is responsible for the current wave of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and Professor Hansen finds that Omicron is about 3 times more contagious than the Delta variant in a analysis of Danish data. The article is forthcoming in the Econometrics Journal published by Oxford Academic for the Royal Economic Society.

Professor Hansen is the Latene Distinguished Professor of Economics, and his research is in the area broadly known as Data Science. Before joining UNC he taught at Brown University, Stanford University, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


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