Health Care

Policy Implications of Models of the Spread of Coronavirus: Perspectives and Opportunities for Economists

Discussion Paper

Christopher Avery, William Bossert, Adam Clark, Glenn Ellison, and Sara Fisher Ellison

April 2020

This paper provides a critical review of models of the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic that have been influential in recent policy decisions. There is tremendous opportunity for social scientists to advance the relevant literature as new and better data becomes available to bolster economic outcomes and save lives.