PRI Brief on Tradeoffs from COVID-19 Restrictions Featured in National Review

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More than three years after the Covid pandemic emerged, the data are in: State governments that implemented stringent restrictions ended up contributing to long-lasting economic and social problems and other health impacts.

Economist Wayne Winegarden and policy associate McKenzie Richards of the nonpartisan, pro-free-market Pacific Research Institute recently authored a research brief detailing how more-severe Covid-19 mitigation policies — namely lockdowns, masking mandates, school and business closures, and social distancing — led to reduced infection and mortality rates, but at the expense of record unemployment, negative economic growth, and worsening educational outcomes . . .

In an emailed statement to National Review, Winegarden stressed he wanted to provide an economic perspective on the “effectiveness of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic” by focusing on trade-offs — a key aspect of the policy-making process.

Click to read the full article by David Zimmerman at National Review

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