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Niall Ferguson: Stocks Tumble As Coronavirus Spreads In The US

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Fox News
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how the coronavirus might impact the economy.

The World’s Reaction To The Wuhan Coronavirus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Most preindustrial mass plagues were bacterial, caused by urban overcrowding and poor-to-nonexistent garbage and sewage disposal. In the disruptive aftermath of pandemics, fundamental social and political change sometimes followed—wars lost, governments ended, wealth and power reversed. 

Pandemic Plan

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Graham Allison's wonderful book on the Cuban missile crisis teaches an important lesson: You cannot ask bureaucracies to think on the fly. They can execute plans, but don't ask them to innovate quickly. If, for example, it would be a good idea in a pandemic to allow people to withdraw from retirement accounts, or access sick leave even if they are not sick, don't expect this to happen overnight. 

What We Don’t Know About The Coronavirus Is What Scares Us

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The specter of a pandemic offers a timely warning to remember that we are not necessarily any more immune from volatile nature than were the ancients.

The Scourge Of Pandemics

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The outbreak of Coronavirus has prompted a good deal of interest in the Spanish Influenza that killed so many people at the end of World War One. 

Coronavirus Monetary Policy

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A colleague and I were discussing the question, should the Fed lower interest rates in response to the coronavirus? More generally, suppose a pandemic gets serious and either by choice or by fiat a large swath of the economy is shut down for a few weeks or months. What should the Fed, or other economic policy do about it?

John Taylor: Fed Likely Won't Cut Rates Before March Meeting Because Of Coronavirus Concerns

interview with John B. Taylorvia CNBC
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Taylor discusses what's ahead for the Fed as well as global interest rates in light of the issues created by the coronavirus.

The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Plaguing Issues

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the history of plagues and their non-biological consequences, the cost of globalization, the state of Trump’s reelection chances after a wild week, and whether Joe Biden will pass Bernie Sanders on the road to Milwaukee.

Trump May Shrug Off The Coronavirus, The US Economy May Not

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 2, 2020

A Covid-19 outbreak in one or more large US cities would inflict a September 11-level hit on the economy and a Hurricane Katrina-level hit on Trump’s popular approval.

President Xi Enabled Coronavirus To Have Global Impact: Kiron Skinner

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Monday, March 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner says the coronavirus wouldn't have spread globally had China's President Xi been more transparent about the disease.

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