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Don’t Stay Home

Don’t Stay Home

by Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr. With the new Delta variant, Covid-19 cases are increasing rapidly across the country (Johns Hopkins University CSSE). These developments have led to calls for reimposing various mandates, with veiled threats of renewed nationwide lockdowns. My previous post (“Covid Policy and Outcomes,” August 2, 2021) demonstrated that policies like lockdowns (shelter-in-place […]

COVID Policy And Outcomes

COVID Policy And Outcomes

Did shelter-in-place (SIP) policies work? More precisely, did they reduce excess deaths? A recent NBER working paper addresses the question (Virat Agrawal, Jonathan H. Cantor, Neeraj Sood, and Christopher M. Whaley, ‘The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses on Excess Mortality,’ Working Paper 28930, National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2021). Early studies […]