Research / White PaperJun 22, 2020

Actionable Policy Insights to Cut the Red Tape in the Face of COVID-19

Alison Alexander, Gabriel Prado Correa, Jaymal Patel, Boseong Yun

This report is an extension of the op-ed “To Fight the Coronavirus, Cut the Red Tape,” that was published in The New York Times on March 24, 2020 by Sendhil Mullainathan and Richard H. Thaler. The research team reviewed the public submissions from the website in which individuals who were closely impacted by regulations provided ideas for what policies might be changed during the time of COVID-19. The purpose of this report is to present the research findings and recommendations for three specific changes to regulations which may prove to support the efforts of the medical workers and healthcare industry to bring down barriers and foster innovation in the fight against this virus.

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