The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19

The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19

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Why solving the information problem should be at the core of our pandemic response: essential reading about the long-term implications of our current crisis.

COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a lack of good information. A pandemic is essentially an information problem: this is the enlightening and provocative idea at the heart of this book. If we solve the information problem, argues economist Joshua Gans, we can defeat the virus. For example, when we don't know who is infected, we have to act as if everyone is infected. If we actively manage the information problem--if we know who is infected and with whom they had contact--we can suppress the virus or buy time for vaccine development.
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ISBN: 9780262539128

Published Date: November 10, 2020

Publisher: MIT Press

Language: English

Page Count: 200

Size: 9.03" l x 6.06" w x 0.49" h