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COVID-19: Ideas and Expertise from LBJ School Faculty

Ideas and Expertise from LBJ School Faculty

In stunning ways over just a few weeks, COVID-19 has reshaped the way Americans live, work, learn and govern. The LBJ School's award-winning, multidisciplinary faculty are putting forth insights and solutions to pandemic-related problems from government response and the economy to emergency management and criminal justice policy.
 

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LBJ School launching virtual series
LBJ Dean Angela Evans
FOX 7 Austin, April 1, 2020
Evans talks about LBJ In the Arena, which will explore public policy's critical role in dealing with COVID-19.

 

Yes, someone is to blame
James Galbraith and Albena Azmanova
Social Europe, June 23, 2020
A pandemic may be represented as a "natural disaster." A global depression is, however, the product of ideology and powerful political actors, write LBJ's James Galbraith and Albena Azmanova.

The road to recovery
James Galbraith
The Dan Proft Show, June 12, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith on the just how rocky we should expect the road to recovery to be.

The illusion of a rapid U.S. recovery
James Galbraith
Project Syndicate, June 9, 2020
The United States has built an economy based on global demand for advanced goods, consumer demand for frills, and ever-growing household and business debts. This economy was in many ways prosperous, and it provided jobs and incomes to many millions. Yet it was a house of cards, and COVID-19 has blown it down, writes LBJ's James Galbraith.

Capitalism and coronavirus: "disaster" capitalism (French)
James Galbraith
Utopie-Critique, June 9, 2020
We need a radically different model to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, writes LBJ's James Galbraith.

The choice between disaster capitalism and ecological New Deal (French)
Albena Azmanova and James Galbraith
Alternatives Economiques, June 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic places the United States at a crossroads. Rather than a return to deadly normalcy, it is on the contrary important to tackle the transformation of our production systems and put an end to the cult dedicated to the market. LBJ's James Galbraith and Albena Azmanova of the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies offer their thoughts.

Government response and economic impact during COVID-19 (Audio)
James Galbraith
Henry Stewart Talks, May 31, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith talks in an audio interview about government and economic policy, economic restructuring, industry and government responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salt on the wound of inequality: coronavirus widens the economic gap
James Galbraith
El Pais (Spain), May 31, 2020
Anyone who entered the crisis in debt is less likely to be successful than someone who came with a safety net and a stable and well-paid job. "It will destroy the debtors, tenants and those who have credits that they cannot return due to the loss of their income," said LBJ's James Galbraith. "Unless there is general relief from those debts, the creditors will take the assets at balance prices. Without that reset, there will be a prolonged depression and massive pauperization of the hitherto middle classes."

We’ll need mass debt forgiveness to recover from the coronavirus
James Galbraith
New York magazine, May 28, 2020
Some economists say that the ancient remedy for their plight is still the best we've got: If we want a strong recovery after the coronavirus is contained, we will need mass debt forgiveness. LBJ's James Galbraith is a leading proponent of such a jubilee. The economist argues that when the pandemic has passed, "there will be a vast tangle of unpaid debts that cannot be cleared," and thus "the whole financial system will have to be reset."

The World After Coronavirus: Another Now #7
James Galbraith
DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement, May 25, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith talks with Yanis Varoufakis, an economist and member of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as the former Greek finance minister and LBJ faculty member, to talk about global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Agenda: Lifting lockdown, the search for exit strategies
James Galbraith
NHK (Japan), May 23, 2020
Stay-at-home orders in response to COVID-19 have caused widespread hardship. Their relaxation raises concerns about renewed infection. How can we ensure that people and the economy remain healthy? LBJ's James Galbraith joins a panel of other experts to discuss balancing global health and economic recovery.

Higher education funding: The impact of coronavirus
James Galbraith
Albert Shanker Institute of the American Federation of Teachers, May 22, 2020
Decades of tax cuts and government "rollbacks" have meant that most states' public sectors, including state colleges and universities, have been systematically underfunded. The COVID-19 crisis has brought this underfunding into sharper focus, as hospitals and public health systems strain under the pressure of budget shortfalls. State sector higher education systems, both those with affiliated medical schools and hospitals and those without, are now grappling to survive on state budgets allocations that are critically dependent on state and local sales and income taxes. LBJ's James Galbraith joined fellow panelists in this webinar discussing possible alternatives to austerity, in which already damaged economies will be further hurt by collapsing public sectors.

GOP governors to locals: Open up—or else
Donald F. Kettl
Daily Beast, May 15, 2020
If health and safety fears weren’t enough to trouble local officials during the coronavirus pandemic, some Republican leaders are making it clear to nervous locals that their health restrictions could lead to a legal fight. LBJ's Donald Kettl notes that "so much of what is now happening on the front lines of the battle against the virus has to do with the block-by-block, business-by-business decisions about whether or not to reopen. And those are as close to local decisions as you can possibly get."

Trump brings in the infantry for his war on blue America
Donald F. Kettl
The Atlantic, May 14, 2020
LBJ's Donald Kettl talks to Ron Brownstein of The Atlantic about how President Trump is using the tools of national authority to advance Republican priorities while weakening Democrats' capacity to impede them. "What we're having is a wedge that is being driven deeper and deeper between the federal government and some of the states, and, in the states, between Republican governors and Democratic mayors and Democratic cities," he said. "It is a deep, profound, and growing chasm that is almost unprecedented in American history."

Azmanova & Galbraith: Disaster capitalism or the Green New Deal
James Galbraith
Progressive International, May 14, 2020
Albena Azmanova and LBJ's James K. Galbraith set out the stark choice we face in the world ahead: submit to disaster capitalism, or reclaim the world with a Green New Deal.

In the battle over state versus local COVID-19 orders, the governor holds most of the cards
Sherri Greenberg
Texas Standard/KUT, May 14, 2020
State and local officials have issued a variety of orders related to how individuals and businesses can conduct themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. In many cases, these orders conflict, cover different periods of time or provide different penalties if someone doesn't comply. LBJ's Sherri Greenberg told the Texas Standard that orders issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott carry more weight than those issued by mayors and county judges.

Texas appeals court upholds order allowing mail-in ballots during pandemic
Jeremi Suri
CBS Austin, May 14, 2020
LBJ's Jeremi Suri weighs in on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's petition with the Texas Supreme Court to compel counties to "follow Texas law on mail-in ballots" rather than allowing more voters to receive mail-in ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I think concern that Republican leaders have in Texas is that they are concerned more people will vote and more people will vote against them — there's no other way to understand this," he said. "The argument about fraud is an argument without evidence."

What our post-pandemic future looks like
James Galbraith
Bloomberg News, May 12, 2020
Economists, investors and CEOs on how the coronavirus has forever changed the world. LBJ's James Galbraith weighs in: "The right model is that of the treatment of inter-allied war debts after World War II: They were canceled, because dealing with the common enemy was a common effort. So the whole financial system will have to be reset. This is not an ideological point but a practical necessity for reestablishing a functioning economic system."

We need a radically different model to tackle the COVID-19 crisis
James Galbraith
Defend Democracy Press (Delphi Initiative), May 12, 2020
"Disaster capitalism is being tried, and the worst case is now the likely case," writes LBJ's James Galbraith. "But there is a scale beyond which disaster capitalism cannot go. At a certain point, the carnage becomes too great to neglect, impossible to avoid and lethal to overlook. At a certain point, ordinary people will stand up and refuse to be bullied any more. That point has not quite arrived; we are still in the mind-set of "getting back to normal," even as the pandemic continues."

Festival Digit Justice Fiscale (Video)
James Galbraith
Centre National de Coopération au Développement, May 12, 2020
Inequalities have exploded in all countries of the world in the past 30 years. The coronavirus health crisis has exacerbated the inequalities already present in society (be it housing, gender, etc.). The central question will be whether the end of the crisis will also increase inequalities or reduce them. LBJ's James Galbraith was the lead panelist in an event sponsored by the NGO Centre National de Coopération au Développement, based in Brussels, Belgium.

What's behind states' differing approaches to reopen economies?
Donald F. Kettl
"Morning Edition," NPR, May 4, 2020
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to LBJ's Donald Kettl about how state competition during the coronavirus crisis could lead to lasting changes.

Opinion: The coronavirus pandemic is fracturing our notion of a truly united states in America
Donald F. Kettl
MarketWatch, May 4, 2020
"Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the political battles between the White House and the nation's Democratic governors have been almost as fierce as the virus's assault on the nation," writes LBJ's Donald Kettl. "With luck, we'll get the virus under control with new treatments and an effective vaccine. But the damage to the nation's sense of national unity is sure to be much more long-lasting.

Local governments can’t overrule state order for reopening businesses in Texas
Sherri Greenberg
KVUE, April 28, 2020
The LBJ School's Sherri Greenberg helps explain how Gov. Abbott's reopening decision impacts local governments. "If the governor comes in and says, 'No, we're going to at an earlier date, open up restaurants, 25%,' then that is the law, right? That supersedes the local orders," she said.

Economics in the coronavirus era: Interview with James Galbraith
James Galbraith
Il Blog delle Stelle, April 24, 2020
LBJ Professor James Galbraith talks with Davide Casaleggio about issues including how the state should intervene to support the economy and the population, and also how to revive the economy.

The economic response to COVID-19 (Video)
James Galbraith
Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, April 24, 2020
LBJ Professor James Galbraith follows up the DOC's global pandemic webinar on the threat of recession with summary thoughts on economic restructuring, public debt, stimulus packages, and the possibility of a new age of austerity.

$2.2 trillion stimulus is a life jacket, not a rescue boat for states and cities
Michael Granof and Martin Luby
Dallas Morning News, April 24, 2020
Prior to COVID-19, the budgets of at least a few municipalities and many states were taking on water, write LBJ's Martin Luby and former LBJ Professor Michael Granof. Today, state and local governments face an imminent fiscal tsunami thanks to COVID-19, and the CARES Act will provide little protection.The federal package will keep governments afloat, but reaching a firm fiscal landing will mean doing what seems counterintuitive and steering away from what may seem like the logical thing to do.

Column: Catastrophes normally bring Americans together. Why not now?
Donald F. Kettl
Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2020
"There's nothing remotely like this in our history," Donald F. Kettl, a scholar of federalism at the University of Texas, tells L.A. Times Washington Columnist Doyle McManus. "We could be entering a period of incredible friction among the states. The consequences will fall not only on the economy and public health, but on our national political life as well. If we’re not careful, we'll discover 18 months from now that we have made choices that will make us a lesser country — a less unified, less functional country."

When the president is more like a little kid than a leader
Jeremi Suri
Washington Post, April 17, 2020
In his review of Toddler in Chief, a new book by Daniel W. Drezner, LBJ Professor Jeremi Suri looks at the ways the Founders constructed American democracy and its current state under the Trump administration. "Americans, and the rest of the world, cannot afford to have a toddler in charge much longer. This must be a one-time mistake, an exception to the pattern of presidential selection begun more than two centuries ago," he writes. "Can we do this as a society? That remains to be seen."

The U.S. economist's idea: 'Italy create a parallel currency' (Italian)
James Galbraith
Il Giornale, April 17, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith at the conference organized by Eureca: "If the other states refuse to help, Italy will be forced to act alone."

Global Pandemic Webinar Series: Economics and the Threat of Recession (Video)
James Galbraith
Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, April 16, 2020
Focusing on economics and the threat of global recession in light of the Covid-19 crisis, this webinar featured three expert speakers including LBJ's James Galbraith.

In apparently unprecedented move, Treasury includes Trump's name on coronavirus stimulus checks
Donald F. Kettl
ABC News, April 15, 2020
Donald Kettl, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, told ABC News that Trump "just doesn't have the legal authority to sign the checks. ... The problem here is that it's not his money, it's the country's money. It's not the authority of the president of United States doing this, but an act of Congress signed by the president that's doing it."

Economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic
James Galbraith
Moscow School of Economics, April 14, 2020
The LBJ School's James Galbraith took part in an international seminar hosted by the Moscow School of Economics and chaired by Alexander Nekipelov, dean of the MSE and former vice president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, on the economics of the COVID-19 epidemic. About 95 specialists and students participated from Russia, China and Europe participated. Watch Galbraith's presentation.

Good news on coronavirus makes it harder for Trump to hold the line
Donald F. Kettl
CNN, April 12, 2020
LBJ's Donald Kettl looks talks with CNN about the governance problems created by the country's leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The problem we have now is fear based on uncertainty," he said.

Picturing the world after the virus (French — paywall version)
James Galbraith
Le Journale du Dimanche, April 11, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith offers ideas about how governments and economies should operate after the COVID-19 crisis.

Citing social responsibility, many churches and businesses deemed essential are closing anyway
Sherri Greenberg
Texas Tribune, April 9, 2020
LBJ's Sherri Greenberg, a professor of practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, talks about how local elected officials or laypeople step up in lieu of broader statewide or federal guidance.

The pandemic and capitalism
James Galbraith
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, April 8, 2020
James K. Galbraith asks: Will we learn from this crisis that our present precarity capitalism must be brought to an end?

James K. Galbraith: 'We are facing a fundamental crisis of the capitalist model' (French)
James Galbraith
France Culture, April 8, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith discusses the economic and political implications of the COVID-19 crisis — including the shortcomings of the American economic system that have come to light and how the pandemic will affect the presidential election.

Bad economic theory and practice, demolished
James Galbraith
The American Prospect, April 6, 2020
LBJ's James Galbraith weighs in on The American Prospect's economists roundtable on the coronavirus, arguing that the pandemic has made obsolete some mainstays that economic theory and the government have relied upon. The pressing needs, he argues, "are to provide critical care and to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, while keeping the population supplied and calm, for as long as it takes to get the job done."

The economic policies we need
James Galbraith
Jacobin Radio (produced by Jacobin magazine), April 6, 2020
James K. Galbraith talks to Jacobin host Suzi Weissman about the economic policy that we need in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, and what needs to be mobilized to get it, including a Health Finance Corporation. His watchwords: solidarity, organization and determination.

It is not necessary to hope in order to persevere
James Galbraith
Rumble with Michael Moore, April 1, 2020
What would a Great Depression/World War II-like mobilization of American society look like if we were to attempt to fix our country and society today in the midst of the pandemic? Michael Moore discusses with LBJ's James Galbraith.

COVID-19 will test the meaning of community in Texas
Donald F. Kettl
Austin American-Statesman, March 29, 2020
COVID-19 pays no attention to big-city/small town differences. It certainly doesn't pay any attention to the borders separating the state's 1,472 local governments.

What the government needs to do next
Edwin Dorn
Austin American-Statesman, March 29, 2020
In late 2019, doctors and public health experts in Wuhan saw symptoms they concluded were caused by a new virus, but Beijing did not respond correctly. The U.S. president had weeks of warning. He has been derelict, and the nation will pay a heavy price.

Economic numbers don't matter right now. Government must help Americans get by
James Galbraith
The Guardian, March 28, 2020
GDP will crash this quarter, but it's not a catastrophe in itself. The fall is a measure of the effectiveness of the lockdown.

Jamie Galbraith: 'How the United States overcomes coronavirus — what the government should do next' (Japanese)
James Galbraith
People's Economic Policy, March 27, 2020
James Galbraith, a post-Keynesian leader in the United States, has a firm policy recommendation for the fight against the coronavirus.

How coronavirus reveals political differences in U.S.
James Galbraith
To the Point, KCRW (Los Angeles), March 26, 2020
While COVID-19 exposes the political divide, caution is being urged about the billions of dollars in corporate relief, along with cash grants to unemployed workers, approved by the Senate and Congress. LBJ's James Galbraith talks about what the government should do next.

Practical advice to ensure medical and civilian supplies get to where they are needed
James Galbraith
Background Briefing, March 26, 2020
Economist James Galbraith of the LBJ School offers practical advice to ensure medical and civilian supplies get to where they are needed as the coronavirus pandemic worsens due to the lack of decisive leadership.

The political economy of the pandemic
James Galbraith
WORT (Madison, Wis.), March 26, 2020
How do we begin to understand the worsening economic crisis intertwined with the pandemic? The LBJ School's James Galbraith offers insight.

Here is what the U.S. government should do right now to protect the economy
James Galbraith
The Guardian, March 25, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic needs decisive leadership to ensure medical and civilian supplies and to safeguard livelihoods.

The pandemic is an alien invasion
Michael Lind
The American Mind, March 25, 2020
Fight to win: Create a time-limited Health Finance Corporation.

What the government needs to do next
James Galbraith
Institute for New Economic Thinking, March 23, 2020
Tax rebates, tax cuts and business bailouts will not solve this crisis. Here's what's needed.

Greg Abbott confronts coronavirus as stronger governor than Texas had 50 years ago
Sherri Greenberg
Dallas Morning News, March 22, 2020
Over two decades, Abbott and former Gov. Rick Perry turned a once-anemic office into a powerhouse — separate and apart from vast authority it enjoys in emergencies. The LBJ School's Sherri Greenberg on Abbott's "full-throttle" approach.

How government should respond
Michael Lind
Spectator USA, March 20, 2020
Treating the economic effects of the global COVID-19 epidemic as a conventional recession means prescribing the wrong medicine and harming the patient.

Op-Ed: We need food, medicine and safety — not tax cuts and corporate bailouts — to face coronavirus
James Galbraith
Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2020
As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, my fellow economists have reached deep into their bare cupboards of old ideas, and what have they found? Models that do not work.

The coronavirus has thrown us all in the mud
Adm. William McRaven
Washington Post, March 19, 2020
"Today, the coronavirus has thrown us all in the mud," writes Adm. William McRaven of the LBJ School, comparing the pandemic to training with the Navy SEALS. "We are cold, wet and miserable, and the dawn seems a long way off. But while we should not be cavalier about the dangers of this pandemic, neither should we feel hopeless and paralyzed with fear. Hope abounds."

The mobilization that must start now
James Galbraith
The Nation, March 18, 2020
With the coronavirus bearing down on our economy, we must deploy all our resources now to survive—so that one day we may thrive.

Needed: A finance agency to handle the financial meltdown from the coronavirus
Michael Lind and James Galbraith
The Boston Globe, March 12, 2020
Congress should create a Health Finance Corporation to address resource allocation and the financing of the Covid-19 response. Immediately.

How America can beat COVID-19
James Galbraith
Project Syndicate, March 4, 2020
Compared to a world war, the COVID-19 epidemic is a fairly manageable problem, provided that the U.S. government can rise to the challenge. But without a mass mobilization to secure critical supplies and prevent a panic, the crisis could easily spin out of control.

 

Federal bond insurance can help state and local governments recover
Martin Luby
The Hill, May 22, 2020
"What America needs today is a federal program to provide long-term assistance to state and local governments with minimal impact on federal deficits," write LBJ's Martin Luby and former LBJ faculty member Michael Granof. "A federal bond insurance program, in partnership with the private sector, might be just what the doctor ordered."

Grieder: Gov. Abbott needs to keep focus on public health, not political distractions
Donald F. Kettl
Houston Chronicle, May 9, 2020
LBJ's Don Kettl talks with columnist Erica Greider (MPAff '11) about leadership during crisis in her column assessing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's recent decisions. "I've talked to a lot with people who have managed disasters," he said. "The evidence, what they say consistently, is you've got to shoot straight. Any effort to try to finesse anything is something that will sooner or later catch you up."

Opinion: Beyond the medical crisis, coronavirus will test our national sense of community
Donald F. Kettl
MarketWatch, March 24, 2020
The risk is that rather than unify us, COVID-19 will only highlight our differences.

A leadership reality check
Donald F. Kettl
Government Executive, March 17, 2020
It doesn't matter how good the plan is to combat the COVID-19 outbreak if leaders don't lead.

The federalism divide is shading government's response to COVID-19
Donald F. Kettl
Government Executive, March 12, 2020
We can't afford a government where the odds of an effective attack on the novel coronavirus depend on where citizens live.

Opinion: How coronavirus could cost Trump his base — or turn him into a Republican champion for Democrats' programs
Donald F. Kettl
MarketWatch, March 10, 2020
Watch how owners of small businesses react and whether anxiety over coronavirus stokes support for a stronger safety net.

Opinion: America is so divided because federalism isn't working
Donald F. Kettl
MarketWatch, March 5, 2020
Alexander Hamilton was right — and the vision James Madison enshrined in the Constitution is tearing America apart.

A message for Trump: When Americans lose faith in government, presidents pay a price
Donald F. Kettl
Government Executive, March 2, 2020
The management failures that swirled around the government's initial response to Katrina seriously damaged President Bush.

No matter what happens In November, a transition is coming
Donald F. Kettl
Government Executive, Feb. 27, 2020
Government leaders face enormous uncertainty in the coming months. It's bound to be a wild ride.

 

9 ways to make the Texas economy more resilient and equitable
Playbook for Resiliency
Houston Public Media, May 28, 2020
Policy experts from UH and UT-Austin say the pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the Texas economy and offer "A Playbook for Resiliency" to address them.

Texas policy experts offer playbook for post-pandemic recovery
Steven Pedigo and Kirk Watson
Spectrum News, May 26, 2020
Sometimes in the thick of this coronavirus crisis it's hard to think about a post-pandemic Texas. But the authors of a first-of-its-kind report are asking us to do just that. Leaders of the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs and the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs collaborated on a proposal that calls for a more inclusive, more resilient Texas. "A Playbook for Resiliency" outlines nine steps, including things like increasing investment in public health care, protecting essential workers, promoting rural communities and making sure all Texans have access to the internet.

Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%
Playbook for Resiliency
Texas Tribune, May 22, 2020
Until now, the state's worst-ever monthly unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in November 1986, as Texas reeled from the last big oil bust. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a contracting energy industry are expected to slow Texas's economic recovery. The crisis "has shone a blinding light on our state's geographic, economic and social systems, revealing their vulnerabilities so clearly that their existence can no longer be debated or denied," read a recent report titled "A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for all Texans."

Why GOP can't reopen the economy without Democratic buy-in
Playbook for Resiliency
CNN, May 19, 2020
CNN's Ronald Brownstein writes: "In a recent study, the 'Urban Lab' at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin noted that what it called 'the Texas Triangle — the great region bounded by San Antonio/Austin in the southwest, Houston in the southeast, and Dallas/Fort Worth in the north' accounted for the vast majority of the state's economic output, attracted 98% of its venture capital and generated much higher wages than the state's rural areas."

Op-Ed: How Texas can improve its chances for post-pandemic economic recovery
Steven Pedigo and Kirk Watson
Dallas Morning News, May 18, 2020
Coronavirus has revealed weaknesses in the Texas economy that we must address. "As more than 1.5 million Texans lined up for unemployment, a blinding light was shone on our state's inequities and vulnerabilities. Now, as business activity begins to resume across the state, we can no longer debate or deny their existence," write LBJ's Steven Pedigo and Hobby School Founding Dean Kirk Watson.

Texas Matters: Post-COVID playbook for recovery
Steven Pedigo
Texas Public Radio, May 18, 2020
What will Texas look like when we finally get on the other side of this pandemic? What lessons will we have learned? Will we have the political leadership in place to move the state’s economy forward so it can create the jobs, security and opportunity that Texans have come to expect? Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies spoke with LBJ's Steven Pedigo about the Playbook for Resiliency.

New report looks at Texas economy's recovery post-COVID-19
Steven Pedigo and Kirk Watson
Fox 7 Austin, May 18, 2020
The economy in the state is slowly coming back to life but many wonder how it will look after the pandemic is over. Steven Pedigo and Kirk Watson, co-authors of a new report called "A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans," talk about the report which looks at the pandemic's disruption and how state leaders can reshape the state's approach to critical services and rebuild a state that's more fair and inclusive.

Texas after COVID-19: Report dives into what the state should learn
Steven Pedigo
Austin Business Journal (paywall), May 14, 2020
As Texas begins to reopen services and business around the state, policy experts from both UT Austin and the University of Houston have issued a playbook for the state's post-pandemic recovery.

A road map for a post-pandemic Texas
Steven Pedigo
Texas Standard, May 13, 2020
A new report from UT's LBJ School and the University of Houston’s new Hobby School proposes nine ways to reorient Texas’ economy and workforce.

Texas policy experts issue playbook for post coronavirus recovery
Steven Pedigo
FOX 7 Austin, May 13, 2020
As Texas begins to reopen services and business around the state, policy experts from both UT Austin and the University of Houston have issued a playbook for the state's post-pandemic recovery.

Experts build 'playbook' for the future of Texas
Steven Pedigo
KVUE (ABC Austin), May 13, 2020
Some things in the Lone Star State could change forever due to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "As we reopen, what are those things that we can do to say, six months, 18 months – what should inform our state legislature and our state legislative agenda going forward?" said LBJ's Steven Pedigo.

Texas's reliance on growth hid lack of preparation
Steven Pedigo
Texas Tribune, May 13, 2020
The economic growth Texas experienced in recent years hid how the state’s political, social and health care systems were unprepared to deal with the crises now being wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Wednesday by the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas policy experts offer playbook for post-pandemic recovery
Kirk Watson and Steven Pedigo
LBJ School and Hobby School of Public Affairs, May 13, 2020
As state leaders begin to restart the Texas economy, policy experts from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston have issued a nine-point playbook for rebuilding a more equitable and inclusive future Texas.

Opinion: We're the creative capital and we're proving it every day
Steven Pedigo and Veronica Briseño (MPAff '99)
Austin American-Statesman, April 19, 2020
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, write LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo and Austin Economic Development Director Veronica Briseño (MPAff '99), "Austin has found new ways to demonstrate our ingenuity and pride. Businesses are innovating, our legendary creative sector is spreading joy remotely, and our peoples' compassion never ceases to inspire."

Houston Matters: How the pandemic might accelerate urbanization
Steven Pedigo
Houston Public Media, April 9, 2020
Steven Pedigo talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic could speed up urbanization around Texas.

Getting urban economies back up and running after COVID-19
Steven Pedigo
RestoreYourEconomy.org, April 6, 2020
A 10-point action plan for economic developers (or economic development organizations).

Coronavirus will likely accelerate the urbanization of Texas
Steven Pedigo
Dallas Morning News, April 5, 2020
We must begin now to prepare for our new normal, writes Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab.

How our cities can reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic
Steven Pedigo
Brookings Institution, March 24, 2020
We will get through this pandemic. We will go back to work and school and gather in restaurants and theaters and sports stadiums again. But when we do, cities and their leaders should not simply return to business as usual.

 

Energy transition: Coal as the canary
Joshua Busby
Yale Global Online, April 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic offers a preview and possibly opportunity for a clean and just energy transition that supports workers and communities.

Oil prices plunge as Mexico ditches Saudi-Russia production cut plans
Aldo Flores-Quiroga
Fortune, April 10, 2020
In a story outlining the current world oil production situation, LBJ's Aldo Flores-Quiroga, the former Mexican deputy oil minister who negotiated OPEC+ deals from 2016 to 2018, weighs in on what Mexico should do: "Mexico can and should join the international community in stabilizing the oil market. The production cut is both necessary and possible. It's the responsible thing to do domestically and internationally."

 

Five months after outbreak, California to publish COVID-19 data on local jails
Michele Deitch
Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch reacts to the decision by California's jail oversight board to collect and publish data about COVID-19 cases in county facilities, a response to months of public criticism and an apparently faltering effort to get similar information from the state’s health department.

COVID-19 outbreak at Placer County jail in Auburn has infected multiple inmates, one officer
Michele Deitch
Sacramento Bee, June 11, 2020
At least 11 current inmates in the Placer County jail and a correctional officer have tested positive for COVID-19 as officials work to contain an outbreak at the Auburn jail. "There's never been a greater need for oversight," said LBJ's Michele Deitch. "We have to find other ways to enhance transparency about what's going on behind the walls, and one of the best ways to do that is through data. That's good government 101."

Plaguing Prisons Part 4: Pandemic adds new complications for jails struggling to help inmates with severe mental illness
Michele Deitch
Tyler Morning Telegraph, June 1, 2020
Jails were not designed for a population of people that are primarily in need of mental health services, said LBJ's Michele Deitch, but they become that by default due to a lack of services within the community. "That's not what (jail employees) were trained to do or the jails were designed for," Deitch said. "It is inconsistent with treatment and a therapeutic approach."

Coronavirus in jails and prisons
Michele Deitch
The Appeal, May 29, 2020
"Herd immunity … is not something to aim for in correctional settings," said LBJ's Michele Deitch, "because that basically means the agency has not been able to prevent the spread, and countless people have suffered through the ill-effects of the virus and many have died. … Plus, there is such a huge churn of population in the jail that the virus will continue spreading to people on the outside, regardless of whether people inside are in some way protected by the herd."

Gatesville inmates fear for their lives, as prison officials ramp up COVID-19 testings
Michele Deitch
Waco Tribune-Herald, May 16, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch said it is "'absolutely critical' that the Department of Criminal Justice find ways to release the people who are most medically vulnerable to the novel coronavirus and to group inmates the department is confident are not infected in certain housing areas that will allow them to move about more freely. She said inmates on lockdown are not able to finish programs and services they need to complete to be released and have had limited contact with their families."

How COVID-19 upended Texas prisons
Michele Deitch
Texas Observer, May 13, 2020
While prison officials insist they're doing their best in the face of an unprecedented crisis, Gov. Greg Abbott has mostly ignored the pandemic inside the Texas prison system. LBJ's Michele Deitch offers her thoughts on what Texas hasn't done right. "When it comes to prisons, I don't think Texas has been a leader during this pandemic at all," she said.

With no coronavirus cases, Travis County Jail stands out — but some are skeptical
Michele Deitch
Austin American-Statesman, May 12, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch talks about the preventative measures enacted in the Travis County Jail in February — which have made a big difference in keeping inmates infection-free to this point. "By all accounts, Travis County was proactive very early on and now is reaping the benefits of some of those strategies," she said. "Most facilities in Texas did not do it as well as Travis County."

Texas prisons to begin widespread coronavirus testing for inmates with self-administered tests
Michele Deitch
Texas Tribune, May 12, 2020
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it will begin having prisoners test themselves with a newly approved test. So far, less than 2 percent of state prisoners have been tested for the virus. More than 1,700 have been infected, and 30 have died. LBJ's Michele Deitch said testing would allow for the prisons to separate those who are infected or exposed from those who test negative and have no exposure to the virus. She urged daily testing of staff going into those areas.

Inmates, families fear worst for Fort Worth federal prison 'consumed' by coronavirus
Michele Deitch
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 11, 2020
As of May 11, 636 inmates at Federal Medical Center Fort Worth — 43 percent of the total population — tested positive for coronavirus. LBJ's Michele Deitch talks about the difficulties in keeping disease from spreading in close quarters. "If it got in early and they didn't take the steps to mitigate the risk from spreading early on, it's not surprising," she said. "Some of the steps they needed to take needed to be taken a long time ago."

When coronavirus strikes: One month later, no sign of respite at jail in San Antonio
Michele Deitch
San Antonio Express-News, May 11, 2020
At last count, about 1 of 6 positive COVID-19 diagnoses in Bexar County could be traced to the downtown lockup. LBJ's Michele Deitch discusses the problems with trying to stop an outbreak's spread after the fact. "Implementing mass testing after there is already an outbreak is literally like shutting the barn down after the horse has been let out," she said. "Yes, it needs to be done. But it's too late for real containment."

Lack of COVID-19 testing in California jails sets up 'perfect storm' for outbreak, experts warn
Michele Deitch
Sacramento Bee, May 8, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch talks about the critical need for prison oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic. "We have to find other ways to enhance transparency about what's going on behind the walls, and one of the best ways to do that is through data," she said. "That's good government 101."

Texans brace for a COVID-19 'explosion' just days after reopening
Michele Deitch
Daily Beast, May 5, 2020
Prisons. Meat plants. Nursing homes. And nowhere near enough testing to know how bad the coronavirus problem is. "In prisons and jails, the spread is like wildfire," said LBJ's Michele Deitch. "And almost certainly the number of prisoners with the virus is much greater than they realize because they aren't doing extensive testing."

COVID-19 spreading like wildfire in Texas prisons, experts call for mass testing
Michele Deitch
KXAN, May 4, 2020
"So many people in custody are saying that they are surrounded by people who are ill, that they don't feel like they will get the appropriate medical treatment that they need if they start feeling sick," said LBJ's Michele Deitch. She "believes there are even more than the 1,700-plus positive COVID-19 cases the TDCJ is reporting, and wants to see mass testing in prisons across the state."

70% of Texas prisoners tested have the coronavirus. Experts say it's time for more testing and fewer inmates.
Michele Deitch
Texas Tribune, May 4, 2020
Some of the nation's biggest COVID-19 outbreaks have been in prisons and jails, and they can quickly spread to surrounding communities. Are Texas prisons doing enough to protect inmates, staff and the public? "Until they start doing mass testing, I don't think they're going to get a hold of the problem there," said LBJ's Michele Deitch. "There are going to continue to be deaths, and it's going to continue spreading to the communities both through staff and people who are released and people who are sent to community hospitals."

In under two weeks, Texas jails see 340% increase in inmates testing positive for COVID-19 (Story + Video)
Michele Deitch
KXAN, April 30, 2020
In less than two weeks, the number of Texas jail inmates testing positive for COVID-19 increased by 340 percent. LBJ's Michele Deitch said that's one reason many people are calling for the release of low-level offenders or inmates awaiting trial. "We need to try to keep people with the illness from coming into the facility, and we need to be reducing the number of people inside as well," she said.

In four U.S. state prisons, nearly 3,300 inmates test positive for coronavirus — 96 percent without symptoms (Story + Video)
Michele Deitch
Reuters, April 25, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch says "prison agencies are almost certainly vastly undercounting the number of COVID cases among incarcerated persons."

Deitch on possible solutions for prisoner phone calls during COVID lockdown
Michele Deitch
Grits for Breakfast (a Texas criminal justice blog), April 23, 2020
The Texas prison system has placed about 1/3 of the inmate population on lockdown status, including denying them access to visitation and phone calls. LBJ's Michele Deitch has a good idea on how to mitigate the situation: Providing burner phones for in-cell use.

TX judge forces prison to provide sanitary supplies in 'very significant win' for inmates
Michele Deitch
Talking Points Memo, April 17, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch says it's a "significant win" that a district judge ordered a Texas prison holding geriatric inmates provide unfettered access to hand soap, as well as hand sanitizer and masks after finding the prison population to be at "high risk of serious illness or death from exposure to COVID-19."

First Texas prisoner dies after testing positive for COVID-19
Michele Deitch
Spectrum News, April 9, 2020
The first Texas prisoner has died after testing positive for the new coronavirus, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced Wednesday. LBJ's Michele Deitch talks with Spectrum News, and notes that "the number one recommendation of every expert in the country right now is we have to depopulate the facilities. Release people from these prisons and jails to de-densify the spaces."

Expert: Officials playing 'life-or-death game of rock, paper, scissors' with Harris County Jail
Michele Deitch
Houston Chronicle, April 6, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch warns that the Harris County Jail is playing a very dangerous game with the lives of those who are incarcerated and those who work for the criminal justice system. "They need to recognize that Harris County needs to operate as a system not as individual players," she said.

County, state officials clash on how to thin jail populations to slow COVID-19
Michele Deitch
KERA, April 3, 2020
LBJ's Michele Deitch talks about implementing safety measures in jails to reduce the spread of disease.

Advocates want answers on how Travis County is keeping kids in the juvenile justice system safe
Michele Deitch
KXAN, April 2, 2020
A report on COVID-19 and Travis County's juvenile justice system features "best practices" advocated by Michele Deitch for youth detention facilities to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Status of COVID-19 in Austin and unpacking shelter-in-place
Michele Deitch
Austin Youth Justice Webinar, April 2, 2020
Michele Deitch was one of the experts in a webinar about the effects of COVID-19 and youth justice in Austin.

Lina Hidalgo orders release of some inmates from Harris County Jail amid coronavirus pandemic
Michele Deitch
Houston Chronicle, April 1, 2020
Michele Deitch talks about Judge Hidalgo's decision to thin the Harris County Jail population amid the COVID-19 emergency.

Deadly virus presents growing threat inside county jails
Michele Deitch
San Diego Union-Tribune, March 28, 2020
As San Diego County jails cope with COVID-19, LBJ's Michele Deitch recommends free coronavirus testing and stresses the need for transparency by law enforcement agencies.

Exclusive: Lina Hidalgo seeking compassionate releases at Harris County Jail due to coronavirus
Michele Deitch
Houston Chronicle, March 26, 2020
Michele Deitch discusses how Harris County officials are dealing with the looming jail crisis.

COVID-19 in jails 'would be catastrophic' — here's how they're preparing
Michele Deitch
WCPO — ABC 9, Cincinnati, March 24, 2020
The American Jail Association put forth recommendations written by Michele Deitch to help jails respond to the coronavirus threat.

Webinar: Strategies for prisons, jails and oversight bodies during COVID-19
Michele Deitch
National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), March 24, 2020
Michele Deitch and other national correctional health care experts discuss strategies for prisons, jails and oversight bodies during the COVID-19 crisis.

Justice during pandemic: Police seek to protect public and prisoners
Michele Deitch
Christian Science Monitor, March 24, 2020
Right now, public safety means reducing the number of people in jails. Are measures taken to reduce overcrowding during the pandemic likely to lead to permanent change in how prisoners are cared for?

Releasing inmates, screening staff: U.S. jails and prisons rush to limit virus risks
Michele Deitch
Reuters, March 22, 2020
Reducing county and municipal jail populations not only limits the number of inmates and staff at risk of contracting the illness, it also enhances their ability to separate the remaining inmates, a crucial step for containing any outbreak.

Recommended strategies for sheriffs and jail officials in responding to the COVID-19 crisis
Michele Deitch
March 20, 2020
A guidance document for sheriffs and jail officials to help them implement strategies to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Prisons and the COVID-19 pandemic: What must be done NOW to prevent catastrophe
Michele Deitch
Naked Capitalism, March 19, 2020
An interview with Michele Deitch on prison conditions and containing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails.

Prison restrictions to combat coronavirus leaving monitors, families locked out
Michele Deitch
USA Today/The Marshall Project, March 17, 2020
Oversight visits to prisons and jails across the country are already collateral damage in the global pandemic. But in New York and Illinois, independent oversight officials no longer have access to prisons, while their counterparts in Washington state voluntarily halted their inspections.

Coronavirus in Texas: Prison population at risk of outbreak
Michele Deitch
Austin American-Statesman, March 14, 2020
More than 20 percent of the Texas prison population is over the age of 50, the most at-risk population when it comes to the new coronavirus. But the state prison system makes it difficult, and perhaps impossible, for some inmates to take the basic precautions necessary to prevent an outbreak of the disease among the state's 140,000 inmates.

California prisons cancel visits, citing coronavirus. Conjugal stays to continue
Michele Deitch
Sacramento Bee, March 11, 2020
California's prison system is going to stop allowing the public to visit inmates as it tries to prevent the new coronavirus from infecting prisoners, guards and staff at its nearly 40 institutions.

California jails, prisons on alert for coronavirus. Fear it will 'spread like wildfire'
Michele Deitch
Sacramento Bee, March 6, 2020
Hundreds of people confined to a single space every day. People — many with existing health problems — come and go, bringing untold illness and viruses inside. Scores of inmates and staff sharing chow halls and recreation yards, cell blocks and bathrooms. Jails and prisons are petri dishes.

 

Opinion: The pandemic is putting America's civil rights legacy at risk
Peniel Joseph
CNN, May 6, 2020
"The novel coronavirus' destruction of black communities — left acutely vulnerable to this virus by decades of willful neglect, policy malfeasance and the criminalization of the poor — directly imperils the vision that [Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X] and their generation bequeathed to the nation during the 1960s," writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

Race and the pandemic
Peniel Joseph
"The Brian Lehrer Show," WNYC, May 5, 2020
LBJ's Peniel Joseph, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at UT, talks about the racial disparities in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and his new book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books, 2020).

 

Coronavirus school shutdowns could worsen achievement gap
Paul von Hippel
Roll Call, May 12, 2020
Experts say school systems will need to be flexible whenever schools restart and should be willing to allow some children to repeat a grade. LBJ's Paul von Hippel sees the potential problems that could arise from an extended lockdown. "Unlike during summer breaks, when schools might ask students to read a few books, many schools are now asking parents to supervise distance learning that is supposed to replicate the classes they are missing. 'If the shutdown goes for any length of time, it is likely to increase the achievement gap,' he said."

Covid-19 school closings may spur childhood obesity, experts warn
Paul von Hippel
Washington Post, May 11, 2020
LBJ's Paul von Hippel is among the experts who discuss the potential for childhood obesity that could arise from kids being away from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prolonged school closures could be very costly for America's students
Paul von Hippel
Vox, April 21, 2020
Prolonged school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic are likely to have a major and negative affect on children’s learning, according to a wide range of experts — leaving some students behind academically for years to come, and even leading to meaningful lost income over the course of their lifetimes. LBJ's Paul von Hippel "notes that we do have evidence from other kinds of school year disruptions that all point to problems. ... Having kids out of school is bad, and especially bad for poor children."

How will the coronavirus crisis affect children's learning? Unequally.
Paul von Hippel
EducationNext, April 9, 2020
It's not a vacation. There's still half a semester of curriculum to learn, writes LBJ's Paul on Hippel.

Philadelphia is delaying online teaching for 7 weeks. It doesn't need to.
Paul von Hippel
EducationNext, April 9, 2020
Paul von Hippel notes that the district believes that only half its students have home internet. The true number may be closer to 80 to 90 percent.

 

Podcast: 'This Week in Immigration'
Ruth Wasem
Bipartisan Policy Center, May 18, 2020
In a special edition of "This Week in Immigration," Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) regular Theresa Cardinal Brown sits down with BPC Fellow and University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Ruth Wasem to discuss the history of health provisions in U.S. immigration law, and how they have been used in the past to address pandemics as well as the current response to COVID-19.

Immigration suspension: All hat and no cattle?
Ruth Wasem
The Hill, April 28, 2020
The Trump administration's proclamation that it would suspend immigration is a "drastic policy shift ... [that] is not supported by the substantial body of empirical research that maintains immigration can have a positive impact on U.S. workers, writes LBJ's Ruth Wasem.

 

The future of European governance in a post-COVID world
Lorinc Redei
War on the Rocks — Horns of a Dilemma podcast, May 1, 2020
In this episode of "Horns of a Dilemma," Paul Edgar, the associate director for the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, hosts a wide-ranging discussion about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on European governance. LBJ's Lorinc Redei joined Amanda Sloat of Brookings; Michael Mosser, assistant professor of international relations and global studies at UT in a conversation about the impact of the novel coronavirus on the timing of European elections, the trend toward authoritarianism in some European countries, and the likely impact on the future of the European Union.

What international relations tells us about COVID-19
Joshua Busby
E-International Relations, April 26, 2020
"The emergence of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) in 2019 may be the most consequential event of the early 21st century, upending modern life, globalization and relations between countries," writes LBJ's Joshua Busby in this essay about assessing the pandemic through the lens of international relations.

 

Local government efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic among older adults
Jacqueline Angel
Journal of Aging & Social Policy, June 5, 2020
This essay provides a brief overview of public support and the financial and health benefits for older individuals who remain in the community during the pandemic. It reports the case example of Austin, Texas, a city with a rapidly aging and diverse population of almost a million residents, to ask how we can assess the success of municipalities in responding to the changing needs of older adults in the community due to COVID-19. It concludes with a discussion of what governmental and non-governmental leadership can accomplish in situations such as that brought about by the current crisis.

Coronavirus response: Hacking emergency food supply chains
Raj Patel
Al Jazeera, June 1, 2020
City figures show the Bronx has a high concentration of frontline workers: people whose jobs it is to man grocery and drug stores, run the public transit system, clean the city and care for its old, young and sick. For many Bronxites, earning money means exposing yourself to infection. "They are the most essential workers right now, and the most disposable," LBJ's Raj Patel told Al Jazeera. "Their hunger should matter right now because you depend on them. The worst is absolutely yet to come. We are still seeing levels of unemployment rising."

Best practices for a COVID-19 preparedness plan for health systems
Dr. Michael Hole
New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, April 30, 2020
To combat the COVID-19 crisis, health systems leaders need a clear, systematic approach to quickly evaluate critical needs and identify areas of weakness. In addition, to flatten the curve of the rates of infection and hospitalization, health systems need to proactively deploy a robust preparedness strategy. This compilation of best practices for COVID-19 preparedness is based on established guidelines and firsthand experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. By acting early, health systems may avoid being crippled by crisis and continue to be operational and provide critically important care.

Op-ed: 'Aging in place' more important than ever in viral pandemic
Jacqueline Angel
Waco Tribune-Herald, March 27, 2020
LBJ's Jacqueline Angel and Stipica Mudrazija of the Urban Institute note that as the coronavirus crisis sweeps through nursing homes, "we are painfully reminded that where we live and with whom we live matter, especially in our golden years. ... [M]any communities in the United States — whether rural, urban ethnic barrios or suburbs — are ill-equipped to deal with aging populations and are underserved."

Texas abortion providers heed attorney general warning and halt abortions amid coronavirus
Abigail Aiken
Dallas Morning News, March 24, 2020
Following Ken Paxton's warning that the governor's order postponing nonessential medical procedures applies to abortion, many clinics in Texas are weighing their options. Texas could have postponed nonessential medical procedures without halting abortions, said the LBJ School's Dr. Abigail Aiken.

Gov. Abbott's order prohibits abortions during coronavirus disaster
Abigail Aiken
Houston Chronicle, March 23, 2020
Abigail Aiken weighs in on how Abbott's order affects women and the health care system in Texas during the COVID-19 crisis.

Abortion pill restrictions won't be lifted during pandemic, FDA says
Abigail Aiken
VICE, March 19, 2020
Abortion pills have to be picked up in person at a clinic. Experts including LBJ's Abigail Aiken say that has to change during the coronavirus pandemic.

Commentary: Don't forget to feed our children during pandemic closures
Dr. Michael Hole
Austin American-Statesman, March 18, 2020
Unintended consequences of the coronavirus precautions are hitting the Austin area: child hunger and malnutrition. We need to come together as a community to protect infants, children and families with low income from the pandemic's possible, indirect effects on nutrition.

Wash your hands: It has not been contained
Joshua Busby
Duck of Minerva, Feb. 25, 2020
"We are now entering a phase of having to reduce the impact and harm associated with the spread of the virus, including taking precautions at the individual level to prevent infection like washing hands frequently and avoiding touching your mouth, eyes, and face," writes LBJ's Joshua Busby.

Now what? Health security after the 2020 coronavirus
Joshua Busby
Duck of Minerva, Feb. 21, 2020
What is needed to prevent this outbreak from getting out of hand? LBJ's Joshua Busby offers suggestions.

China and the coronavirus: Getting it right or very wrong?
Joshua Busby
Duck of Minerva, Feb. 19, 2020
"In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the stories on China's quarantine and population control measures seem downright crazy ... Are these draconian measures working? News out of China is confusing," writes LBJ's Joshua Busby during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis.

Shut it down? The international response to the coronavirus
Joshua Busby
Duck of Minerva, Feb. 17, 2020
LBJ's Joshua Busby speculated during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis about what governments would do: "The horror of confining thousands to a boat underscores the incredible measures governments have undertaken to try to contain the virus.

The coronavirus: Global health is high politics
Joshua Busby
Duck of Minerva, Feb. 15, 2020
"This episode reminds us that global health is high politics. The stakes of a global outbreak for international relations, the global economy, and trade are enormous, independent of the impact on human lives," writes LBJ's Joshua Busby.