Trumpian True Believers

A reader defends the Trump administration’s implementation of public health policies in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic: Trump never dismissed the pandemic, if you look at his full quotes rather than dishonest snippets. He has always followed the advice of his senior health policy officials. And Trump did a tremendous amount to manage the […]

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Guest Contribution: “Covid-induced precautionary saving in the US: the role of unemployment rate”

Today, we are pleased to present a guest contribution written by Valerio Ercolani, from the Directorate General for Economics, Statistics and Research at the Bank of Italy. The views expressed in this note represent that of the author and not necessarily reflect those of Bank of Italy. Last months saw an unprecedented rise in the […]

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The Hill: “Surging coronavirus cases raise fears of new lockdowns”

From The Hill: Sharp increases in the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in states across the nation have some local elected officials considering pauses in reopening their economies. The rising number of cases are hitting hardest in Sun Belt states like Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. All four of those states reported their highest single-day […]

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Enter the Tilde! Rising Covid-19 Fatalities and State GDP in Question

From Goldman-Sachs today: Source: Goldman-Sachs, “Global Economics Comment: Tracking Coronavirus,” June 13, 2020. Now consider fatality rates, since several governors seem blithely unconcerned about rising cases. From FT: Source: FT, “Coronavirus tracked,” accessed June 13, 2020. Oregon has already put a pause on further re-opening. These states accounted for 22.4% of US GDP in 2019. The […]

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Safeguarding Africa’s Food Security in the Age of COVID-19

By Pritha Mitra and Seung Mo Choi Food security in sub-Saharan Africa is under threat. The ability of many Africans to access sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs has been disrupted by successive natural disasters and epidemics. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, locust outbreaks in eastern Africa, and droughts in southern and […]

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