“We already have disparities. African Americans have the lowest business-ownership rate in the population. … And so here we’re creating a situation of closures that’s hitting the groups with the lowest rates even harder,” says Robert Fairlie, a recent SIEPR visiting professor and current economics... Read More
SIEPR Senior Fellow Matt Gentzkow, who is leading a group of researchers tracking partisanship in the virus response, said his team initially thought that a health crisis would minimize differences—unfortunately, polarization increased.
“The challenge is to manage [conflicts of interest involving scientific experts] appropriately, because if you try to avoid them altogether you often won’t be able to get the best people for the job,” says SIEPR Senior Fellow Joseph Grundfest.
“Once these things get started, it’s very hard to stop them . . . Once you think about it that way … we’re getting closer to something that certainly resembles universal basic income," says SIEPR Senior Fellow Josh Rauh.