The Economic Perspective: “Examining the Impacts of Covid Restrictions”

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic
perspective. Today’s program examines the impacts of Covid restrictions. Mike, the
debate continues over the impacts of Covid economic restrictions, particularly those that
closed or restricted business activity. Do we have any research addressing this important
topic?
Mike: Summary Answer
a. This research is very, very important because it can inform decision-makers
b. Beginning to get some research
c. A new international study said it is vital to separate the effects of less
restrictive mandates – masks, distancing, hand sanitizing – from more
restrictive mandates like business closures
d. Study said often the impact of the restrictions is measured by including all
policies
e. New research finds the less restrictive mandates have bigger impacts – and
adding more restrictive mandates gains little
f. This is not the final word
g. But does mean if people cooperate, many limited restrictions are all that’s
needed
h. I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State