American Economic Association


Deadly incentives

In 2002, future-president Alvaro Uribe promised to get tough on the rebels that had plagued Colombia for the previous half century. The message helped him win, and he delivered on his campaign pledge by expanding the military. In particular, Uribe’s strategy hinged on encouraging soldiers with vacation time, promotion, and other prizes to kill guerrilla fighters. But the plan backfired.

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The New York Times


America and the Virus: ‘A Colossal Failure of Leadership’

A conservative commentariat echoed Trump in downplaying the virus and deriding efforts to stay safe. Brit Hume of Fox News mocked Joe Biden for wearing a large mask, and the right-wing website RedState denounced “the public health Gestapo” and called Dr. Anthony Fauci a “mask Nazi.” A University of Chicago study found that watching the Sean Hannity program correlated to less social distancing, so watching Fox News may well have been lethal to some of its fans.

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UChicago News


Who does (or doesn’t) wear a mask? Partisanship explains COVID-19 responses

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the United States, face masks remain far from universal. The biggest explanation? Political partisanship. A recent working paper from scholars at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy studies the use of face masks—a cornerstone of the public health guidance to stem the spread of COVID-19—to show how partisanship has undermined America’s response to the collective risk of the pandemic.

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Western Wall

Harris Public Policy students visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem as part of the 2019 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Israel and the West Bank.

Ramin Kohanteb / The Pearson Institute