Insight May 28, 2020

Sovereign Debt Standstills: An Update

VoxEU; Patrick Bolton, Lee Buchheit , Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Mitu Gulati, Chang-Tai Hsieh, Ugo Panizza, Beatrice Weder di Mauro
Topics:  COVID-19
Podcast episode May 28, 2020

Episode 7: Learning from South Korea’s Success

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Chang-Tai Hsieh
South Korea detected its first case of COVID-19 one day before the US, but rather than initiate lockdowns, it launched a program that shares location information on COVID-19 patients. Chang-Tai Hsieh discusses how South Korea limited COVID-19 deaths to 5.2 per million while the US rate climbed to 289 per million, and what it may reveal about the cost of privacy.
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight May 27, 2020

Dispelling Myths in the War Against the Regulatory State

RealClearPolitics; Patrick A. McLaughlin, Casey Mulligan
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight May 27, 2020

The coronavirus and efforts to fight it could be fueling opioid deaths

USA Today; Katherine Baicker, Don Simborg, Immanuel Thangaraj
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight May 26, 2020

The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life

The Hill; Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L Keeney, Alexander Lipton
Topics:  COVID-19
Podcast episode May 21, 2020

Episode 6: Superspreaders

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Katherine Baicker, Oeindrila Dube
Does visiting a bookstore put you at greater risk for infection than a fast-food restaurant? As states loosen lockdown restrictions on businesses, Katherine Baicker and Oeindrila Dube have developed a measure of which businesses pose the greatest risk for spreading disease based on factors like crowding, length of stay, and potential for touch contact.
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight May 20, 2020

The Law of Supply and Demand Isn’t Fair

New York Times; Richard Thaler
Topics:  COVID-19
Insight May 18, 2020

The U.S. should pay people to get tested for COVID-19

Washington Post; Michael Greenstone
Topics:  COVID-19