COVID-19 Commentary

This page collects together the op-eds and other resources from the Hammond Institute about the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a list of resources from elsewhere that we think you might find helpful and/or interesting in these unique times. Return regularly for updates.

Our Commentary

June 04, 2020

Handy charts of trends in Missouri and the St. Louis metro area, updated daily as new data become available. The page now includes maps of the distribution of the pandemic across Missouri, along with charts of the county-level progress within the St. Louis metro area.

May 24, 2020

Analysis from the Hammond Institute of the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on older Missourians, especially those aged 80 and older.

May 10, 2020

The evidence just doesn’t support the view that a larger, more intrusive government would solve the ills we confront.

May 08, 2020

Hammond Institute director Howard Wall's research cited to compare the demographics of the Great Recession to that of the current employment crisis. Politico

May 05, 2020

Hammond Institute Director Howard Wall: “I suspect a lot of people will still be wary and won’t be venturing out too much.”

May 04, 2020

CEE Senior Research Fellow Gerald Dwyer writing for the American Institute for Economic Research.

April 29, 2020

"Fully understanding the potential future economic impact of the virus remains difficult, as spread of a disease on this scale is unprecedented in the modern world."

April 29, 2020

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April 28, 2020

CEE Senior Fellow Jerry Dwyer writing for the American Institute for Economic Research.

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External Commentary

June 02, 2020

A handful of labs have started getting the green light from regulators to sell at-home coronavirus tests, but are dogged by questions about their accuracy and affordability. Wall Street Journal

June 01, 2020

First major U.S. effort to measure effect of coronavirus on elderly likely falls short of full toll. Wall Street Journal

June 01, 2020

Such laws end up causing more shortages than they solve, especially during a crisis. Reason

May 31, 2020

Rigorous testing will ensure that Americans can trust the shot they take will be safe and effective. Wall Street Journal

May 29, 2020

Crony capitalism is the worst contamination threat to the beef, poultry, and pork markets. Foundation for Economic Education

May 29, 2020

It's great that Gov. Gavin Newsom is finally looking at costs and benefits. But don't kid yourself. None of it has anything to do with "science." Reason

May 29, 2020

Lockdowns have disrupted standardized tests and grades, forcing schools to consider a range of other approaches for selecting students. Wall Street Journal

May 29, 2020

For the three main components we give, if somewhat tentatively, Sweden a D on elderly care, an A on lockdown, and a C on economic-fallout policies. AIER

May 28, 2020

Both sides are dug in on extreme positions, but the facts say it’s time to reopen, carefully. Wall Street Journal

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