Tag: lockdown
Lockdown-Led Big City Exodus: An Economic Boost to Small Towns?

Smaller cities and bigger towns in the heart of America are seeing a considerable influx of new residents, and with this, we should soon expect to see a boost in their economies as well. But while there is enough data to support the notion that Americans in large cities like New York City and...
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Is Gov. Newsom Avoiding Science-Based Pandemic Policies?

Californians may be unaware that the state employs more than 4,000 scientists in agencies such as the Department of Public Health, CalEPA, Dept. of Natural Resources, and many more. As Katy Grimes of the California Globe reports, these scientists are complaining that Gov. Gavin Newsom has not consulted with them during the coronavirus lockdown....
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Lessons from 2020: A Global Perspective on Covid-19

As this annus horribilis draws to a close, it might be appropriate to step back for a little while and try to summarize a few lessons from the pandemic.

Tyler Cowen Is Wrong About Great Barrington Declaration on Lockdown Policies

George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen is attacking the Great Barrington Declaration again today on Marginal Revolution. He writes: If you are still pondering the Great Barrington Declaration and related matters, let us try a simple empirical test about predictions.

To Go to School in L.A.

“We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election, in early November. When we just look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to...
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The U.S. Economy’s Hidden Resilience

One of today’s pivotal questions is the ability of the economy to cope and adapt in the face of mandatory and voluntary social distancing. Real GDP in the second quarter of 2020 fell at an annualized rate of 32.9 percent, an unprecedented drop. It has become commonplace (and bipartisan) to assume that economic vitality...
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Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Hair Day

As the world knows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a wash and a blow-out at a San Francisco salon that had been closed since March, when Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, declared a state of emergency. “As it turns out, it was a setup,” Pelosi told reporters. “So I take responsibility for falling for...
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Pandemics Are Not Recessions, And Pessimism Isn’t Logic

I thank Dr. Edwin G. Dolan for taking the time to critique my recent Independent Institute Executive Summary, A Pandemic is Not a Recession, in his April 15th blog posting for the Niskanen Center, “The Shaky Logic Behind Hopes for a Quick Recovery.” Criticism is valuable and necessary—though inaccuracies need to be cleared up...
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