WATCH: The Economics of COVID-19

View the recording of our May 20 webinar
Economics of COVID

HHEI hosted a webinar on Wednesday, May 20 featuring U of M economics faculty and alumni researching the COVID-19 pandemic from different angles. What are the trade-offs of different policy proposals? What can we learn from the ways different countries around the world have responded to the pandemic? Where do we go from here? Watch the recording of the webinar to learn the answers to these questions and more.


  • V.V. Chari, University of Minnesota Professor of Economics and Paul Frenzel Land Grant Professor of Liberal Arts.
  • Dirk Krueger, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Economics and Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences. University of Minnesota Ph.D. in Economics.
  • Christopher Phelan, University of Minnesota Professor of Economics and Department Chair.
  • Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota Professor of Economics and Interdisciplinary Center for Cognitive Sciences.

Extra Credit

To learn more, read the working papers from each of the presenters and their collaborators. We will update this page as new versions and additional working papers are available.

Health versus Wealth: On the Distributional Effects of Controlling a Pandemic
Andrew Glover, Jonathan Heathcote, Dirk Krueger, Jose-Victor Rios-Rull

Restarting the Economy While Saving Lives Under COVID-19
Carlo A. Favero, Andrea Ichino, Aldo Rustichini

The Hammer and the Scalpel: On the Economics of Indiscriminate versus Targeted Isolation Policies during Pandemics
V.V. Chari, Rishabh Kirpalani, Christopher Phelan

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