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Why Social Distancing Measures Seem Less Effective in the US

Guidelines assume that the less people move around, the less likely they are to be in contact. However, phone location data show...

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...

Covid Economics: During 1918 Influenza, Severe Social Distancing Reduced Negative Impacts on American Economy

ProMarket reviews the most recent and interesting academic papers on the ongoing pandemic: Sergio Correia, Stephan Luck, and Emil Verner studied how US cities and...

From Borrowing to Stockpiling: How The Virus Outbreak Changed American Household Consumption

The first academic study of American consumers' reaction to the pandemic finds that total spending rose by half between February 26 and March 11,...

Covid Economics: Social Distancing and the Relevant Benefits of Cost-Benefit Analysis

ProMarket reviews the most recent and interesting academic papers on the ongoing pandemic: Michael Greenstone and Vishan Nigam of the University of Chicago estimate that...

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...

Managing Expectations Is Critical to Ensure Compliance with Stay-at-Home Measures

A study of a representative sample of Italians finds that 50 percent of respondents reported having adopted all recommended actions, including staying at home,...

Testing People and Targeted Isolation: How to Save More Lives (and the American Economy)

Nobel laureate Paul Romer's model shows that if we use a test to determine who gets put into isolation, the fraction of the population...

From Most No-Brainer to Most Complicated: A List of Policy Proposals to Mitigate the Virus’ Impact

Policymakers need to figure out which sectors we wish to keep up and running (food, health care), which sectors we want to contract rapidly...

Why More Elderly People Get Infected in Some Countries Compared to Others

Italy has a mortality rate of 6 percent while countries like Norway, Denmark, and Germany have rates still close to zero percent. The...

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Last week’s epic House hearing on online platforms raised many issues, chief among which was the question who gets to operate at...