Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

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What does a state of emergency mean in the face of the coronavirus?

The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.

Marian Moser Jones, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Family Science, University of Maryland • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

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We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.

Megan Neely, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  finance  inequality  economy  money  united-states  race  wall-street  great-depression  recession  great-recession  wealth-gap  racial-wealth-gap

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