Covid

Why Consolidation Undermined the Airline Industry’s Ability to Recover from the Coronavirus Crisis

A major factor contributing to the industry’s struggles during the current crisis was the loss of resiliency due to the consolidation...

How to Save 40 percent of the Payroll Protection Program’s Costs

Thanks to the loan program part of the CARES Act, small businesses can receive up to 2.5 times their monthly payroll, regardless of how much...

Back to Work? The Political Preparation for “Phase 2” of the Pandemic Is a Matter of Trust

According to a special wave of the Booth/Kellogg Financial Trust Index, Americans have bought into social distancing rules. However, most of the respondents are...

The Coronavirus Crisis Has Exposed Private Equity’s Unsustainable Business Model

Private equity portfolio companies are heavily indebted, and they aren’t generating enough cash to service debts. The steady increase in asset values...

During a Pandemic, Beware the Man of One Model

"I have great respect for the scientific model builders who attempt at quantifying the uncertainty we face and those policy advisors who are willing to accept differences...

Trump Voters Were More Reluctant to Acknowledge the Seriousness of the Pandemic and Adapt Their Behavior Accordingly

Using data on individuals' search behavior and cellphone movement data, a new study shows that areas with a high share of Trump voters began...

Is Regulation Jeopardizing Policy Response to Coronavirus Crisis? Sendhil Mullainathan and Richard Thaler Collect Red-tape Stories

Two of the most well-known University of Chicago economists launched a website to collect examples of regulations that are limiting the United States' reaction to...

How and When to Restart the Economy: a Webinar with Nobel Laureate Paul Romer

Princeton Professor Markus Brunnermeier and Nobel laureate economist Paul Romer explore what options we have to stop the pandemic and recover economic activities. Is...

How Many Jobs Can Be Done at Home? In the United States, It’s 37 percent

Evaluating the economic impact of "social distancing" measures taken to arrest the spread of Covid-19 raises a fundamental question about the modern economy: How...

A New Capitalisn’t Episode: Winners and Losers in the Stimulus Bill – a Reading List

In order to combat the coronavirus, Congress has passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill that targets individuals, small businesses, and large corporations. From an...

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Paid to Show the Drug Works: Why “Blind” Clinical Trials for New Drugs are Far Less Blind Than They Should Be

New research shows that physicians in industry-sponsored trials are more captured by pharmaceutical companies than physicians in unsponsored ones.

Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Elder Care Facilities, Twitter, and Pot

Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

It Is Such a Small World: The Market-Design Academic Community Evolved in a Business Network

Private equity funds such as Michael Dell's MSD Capital made hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from the 2017 FCC spectrum...

How Market Design Economists Helped to Engineer a Mass Privatization of Public Resources

In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission conducted a complex two-sided auction to reallocate spectrum from broadcasters to mobile communications companies. The way...

How Alberto Alesina Challenged the Median Voter Theorem

"Alberto Alesina's insight was that the economy was driven neither by the opportunistic behavior of politicians nor by the pursuit of partisan...