Covid-19’s Health Effects Are Concentrated On Older People. But The Economic Effects Are Hurting The Young And Poor

Covid-19’s Health Effects Are Concentrated On Older People. But The Economic Effects Are Hurting The Young And Poor.

by Edward Paul Lazearvia The Washington Post

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The pernicious health effects of covid-19 are concentrated among older people, but it is the young and especially low-income Americans who suffer the greatest harm from the country’s disease-mitigating shutdown policies. The bleak jobs data released last week, showing that more than 20 million Americans were thrown out of work in April, was just the most recent in a series of reports highlighting the enormous nationwide pain.

Strategies For Monetary Policy

by John H. Cochrane mentioning John B. Taylorvia The Grumpy Economist

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Strategies for Monetary Policy is a new book from the Hoover Press based on the conference by that name John Taylor and I ran last May. (John Taylor gets most of the credit.) This year’s conference is sadly postponed due to Covid-19. We’ll have lots to talk about May 2021.

Keeping Californians Away From The Shore Is No Day At The Beach For Their Governor

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind

Thursday, May 14, 2020

To understand the California divide over how to cope with the COVID-19 threat—many a resident happy to hunker down for the duration, with others willing to defy law enforcement in order to return to a life more ordinary—it helps to know the saga of Melvin Carter.

The World Health Organization Is Not Salvageable

by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahuntyvia Newsweek

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has corrupted the World Health Organization (WHO), under the leadership of Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The WHO pursued politics over public health by helping Beijing spread disinformation about the outbreak and excluding Taiwan and its wealth of knowledge about the disease.


A Conservative Agenda For School Board Members

by Michael J. PetrilliChester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Let us start with a confession: As card-carrying members of the school-choice and testing-and-accountability wings of the education reform movement, we have at times been dismissive, even hostile, to local school board members. That’s because these elected officials, constrained as they may be by laws, regulations, and the leanings of those they employ, have often seemed willing to protect the status quo and resist changes intended to overhaul the jalopy we call American public schooling.

Stanford Prof. Michael McConnell On “Who Is A ‘Minister’?”

featuring Michael McConnellvia Reason

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Can the Supreme Court draw the line?

Geography: The Unloved Stepchild Of American Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Many urgent challenges await the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and its governing board (NAGB) in the coming months, including whether the scheduled biennial testing of reading and math in grades four and eight is feasible during the 2020–21 school year. Present law requires that this happen, but what if schools aren’t open or if health precautions mean the assessors must don PPE to enter classrooms where spotty attendance also distorts the student sample?

Half-Time High School May Be Just What Students Need

by Michael J. Petrillivia Bloomberg

Saturday, May 9, 2020

For older students, the virus will change how the school day is structured. It’s about time.

Ordering Moments In History

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

At irregular and rare moments in history, something happens that fundamentally changes the economic, political, or societal order. These historical “ordering moments” are related to black swan events, seemingly unpredictable occurrences with extreme consequences. But all black swans are not created equal.

The Good That This Crisis Has Brought Out In People

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I have long felt that we are being conditioned, by politicians and others who benefit by having ordinary pe

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