Can Governments Deal with Pandemics?

@article{Geloso2020CanGD,
  title={Can Governments Deal with Pandemics?},
  author={Geloso and Ilia Murtazashvili},
  journal={SSRN Electronic Journal},
  year={2020}
}
While few economists dispute that governments should have some role in dealing with pandemics, the relevant institutional question is whether governments can deal with pandemics. In this article, we argue that there are trade-offs embedded with the provision of public health measures. States that are better able to effectively deal with pandemics require a great deal of capacity to implement coercive measures such as economic lockdowns or quarantines. Such capacity is associated with a lesser… 

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