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A More Humane Post-Pandemic Social Contract

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NEW HAVEN – Never have the complexities of the relationship between human health and economic wellbeing been more apparent than during the COVID-19 crisis. How can we enforce life-saving social-distancing rules without destroying livelihoods? Why are some groups suffering so much more than others, both clinically and economically? What are those who face lower risks willing to sacrifice for the common good?

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    Priorities for the COVID-19 Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    With hopes of a sharp rebound from the pandemic-induced recession quickly fading, policymakers should pause and take stock of what it will take to achieve a sustained recovery. The most urgent policy priorities have been obvious since the beginning, but they will require hard choices and a show of political will.

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    The Main Street Manifesto

    Nouriel Roubini sees a new iteration of class struggle driving the wave of protests and revolts in America and elsewhere.

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    The Retreat from Globalization

    William H. Janeway considers how the current retreat from economic integration will affect finance, trade, and technology.

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    With no vaccine or cure for COVID-19, social-distancing protocols, together with mask-wearing and hand washing, quickly emerged as our best defense against the virus. For some industries, the adjustment was relatively straightforward: close down offices and have employees work remotely.

    As it turns out, far more work can be done remotely than was previously thought. Physical........

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