Stephen A. O' Connell
SWARTHMORE COLLEGE. Professor of Economics. Expertise is in international development

Lives vs. Livelihoods? Lessons from the Ebola Epidemic

April 5, 2020

The Issue:

Save lives or save livelihoods? Social distancing measures can take a heavy economic toll, by interrupting normal economic activity and imposing a short-run tradeoff between improving the health of the population and hurting the economy. Over time, this tradeoff can be defeated by intervening aggressively

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