Economics in One Virus: What Have We Learned?

On April 8, 2020, the Cato Institute hosted the event “The Economics of Lockdowns.” The spring 2020 shutdown regulations were unusual in the sheer scale of their impacts on economic and social welfare. Yet one year on, public policy decisions pertaining to the pandemic have continued to be unusually consequential, including the ordering and distribution of vaccines and the passing of major “stimulus” packages.

To mark the publication of Economics in One Virus: An Introduction to Economic Reasoning through COVID-19 by the Cato Institute’s Ryan Bourne, this book forum will discuss what we’ve learned about public policy and the economic reasoning that has informed it over the past year. In particular, the forum will assess the extent to which the tragic death toll and economic damage we’ve seen during the pandemic can be laid at the door of important decisions being underpinned by faulty economic reasoning.

+ John Cochrane (@JohnHCochrane), Rose‐​Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; blogger, The Grumpy Economist

+ Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) Columnist, Washington Post

+ Alex Tabarrok (@ATabarrok), Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics, Mercatus Center; professor of economics, George Mason University; blogger, Marginal Revolution

+ moderated by Ryan Bourne (@MrRBourne), R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute.

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