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COVID-19 Economics Rapid Response Webinar

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Integrated Economic Analysis Needed to
Advance Short Term Decision-Making in the
Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, April 7, 1-2:30 EST

(Archived: Slides | Video )

Dear colleagues:

We are facilitating a Rapid Response Webinar to bring economists, health scientists, and experts in related disciplines together to address key questions for the COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 is forcing policymakers, businesses, and private citizens to seek answers to economic questions in real-time.  They need advice today about best responses to address the challenges created by the pandemic. Economists working with other scientists are well-positioned to help answer these questions. We have the tools and access to existing data sets that can contribute to answers, but many may not know the precise COVID-19 questions that need to be addressed now or who else is interested in working together on these questions.

For this webinar, we have identified experts currently working on these issues. They will provide brief summaries (5 minutes each) of the most essential research needs and data availability in their respective spheres.

Here are few examples of critical needs identified thus far: 1) achieving social distancing gains at lower social costs, 2) using econometric tools to improve inference with poor testing data, 3) leveraging existing data sets to understand risk tradeoffs from children at home vs. school, 4) using congestion models to aid hospital queuing decision, 5) managing supply chains safely as we reduce spatial distancing, 6) using behavioral insights to increase compliance with health guidelines and distancing, and more.

Speakers:  Kevin Berry (University of Alaska); Flavio Toxvaerd (University of Cambridge); Simon Mongey (University of Chicago); Jude Bayham (Colorado State); Peter Daszak (EcoHealth Alliance); Alyssa Bilinski, Jim Hammitt (Harvard University); Prof. Siqi Zheng (MIT); David Zilberman (UC Berkeley); Linda Thunstrom, Steve Newbold (University of Wyoming).

Please join us and share this invite broadly among your professional contacts.

Warm Regards,

Eli Fenichel (Yale University)
Cathy Kling (Cornell University)
Jay Shogren (University of Wyoming)


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