News coverage, academic research and more on the coronavirus pandemic from experts at The Pearson Institute.

Insight Crime


What Does Coronavirus Mean for Criminal Governance in Latin America?

A number of criminal groups across Latin America are ordering ceasefires and exerting control over local communities as fears of the coronavirus sweep across the region, raising questions about how these groups will use this crisis to further their legitimacy and power.

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NBC News


Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage

Trump administration officials are asking India to lift restrictions to give the U.S. access to pharmaceutical ingredients to produce a range of drugs amid fears of a U.S. drug supply shortage prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

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UCLA Newsroom


What the Ebola outbreak could teach us about how to contain the novel coronavirus

A new research paper examining the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in Africa could hold crucial insights for policymakers grappling with the novel coronavirus pandemic — namely, the importance of public engagement and trust during health crises.

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CBS Chicago


University Of Chicago Professor Calls For 'Radical Changes' As A Community Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Oeindrila Dube, with the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, says more community leaders need to come forward and call for radical changes like social distancing for those who have not listened to government leaders.

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Harris News


What The Ebola Outbreak Could Teach Us About How To Contain Coronavirus

A new research paper examining the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa could hold crucial insights for policymakers grappling with the coronavirus pandemic—namely, the importance of public trust in institutions during health crises.

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How Trust May Help To Limit A Disease Outbreak

What helps to contain an epidemic? A study of the Ebola crisis suggests that patients' trust in health workers can encourage patients to report illnesses and receive treatment.

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The New York Times


How You Can Protect Your Community, Not Just Your Own Health

The drastic changes in economic and social behavior needed to stop the coronavirus require active community engagement, two economists say. Here are lessons from the Ebola epidemic.

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The Pearson Institute


Coronavirus Perceptions And Economic Anxiety

We provide the first analysis of how the global spread of the novel coronavirus affects contemporaneous economic sentiment. First, we collect a global dataset on internet searches indicative of economic anxieties. We find that the arrival of coronavirus in a country led to a substantial increase in such internet searches of up to 58 percent. Second, leveraging two US representative survey experiments conducted in early and mid-March 2020, we document a rapid surge in economic anxieties after the arrival of the coronavirus in the US. Third, to understand how information about the coronavirus affects these anxieties, we measure perceptions about the coronavirus. We find substantial heterogeneity in participants’ beliefs about the mortality from and contagiousness of the virus. Fourth, experimentally providing participants with information about mortality and contagiousness causally affects participants’ worries regarding the aggregate economy and their personal economic situation. Finally, we document that participants’ subjective mental models understate the non-linear nature of disease spread, and that these mental models shape the extent of economic worries. These results underscore the importance of public education about the virus for successful containment as well as the need for timely measures that decrease economic hardship and anxiety during a major global pandemic.

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Paul Poast Podcast


What the long-term effects of COVID-19 could be

In this podcast episode, Paul discusses with Peter Wolf, a CPOST researcher, the long-term implications of the COVID-19 virus and how it could change global power relations. 

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New York Daily News


Coronavirus: Don’t forget about poor kids

The United States is in the midst of the greatest mass mobilization of public health resources in nearly a century. Every day brings new restrictions: social distancing, self-quarantine, and city- and state-wide restrictions on public life, from restaurants to movies. Washington is taking dramatic measures to reduce the economic harm from these measures. Just yesterday President Trump signed a massive bipartisan bill expanding unemployment insurance and paid sick leave. Sadly, such actions do little to address the disproportionate impact protective measures will have on poor and at-risk children.

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The Washington Post


Trump can’t save us from the coronavirus. But governors and mayors can.

President Trump promised Friday to “unleash the full power of the federal government” against the novel coronavirus, officially declaring the outbreak a “national emergency” — “two very big words,” as he put it. But although this announcement drew headlines, the reality is that the president’s legal authorities in a pandemic are limited. Trump will continue to capture an outsize share of media coverage, but the most important actions in the fight against the virus probably won’t come from the president — they will come from governors and mayors.

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Universal basic income needed against coronavirus’ economic damage!

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Prof. James Robinson of the University of Chicago about subjects including the global response to the coronavirus, why he believes China’s statistics can’t be trusted, whether anything can be learned from China’s response to the pandemic, and the impact of poor public health policies on the ability to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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PBS News Hour


How novel coronavirus could affect the global economy

The World Health Organization’s decision Thursday to declare the novel coronavirus an international public health emergency could stoke investors’ fears about the disease and the economic risks it poses. “It might be better to have a short-term quarantine and have high short-term economic costs than to have a longer term where people are concerned about diseases floating around,” said Anup Malani, an economist and professor at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

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