YiLi Chien, 12 April 2020

Relief cheques are part of the plan adopted by the US Congress to help households weather the COVID-19 pandemic. This columns asks how long such relief might last. It finds that relief cheques are not likely to last very long - between four to eight weeks. Extending the coverage of unemployment insurance could be more effective in addressing income shortages.

Gilles Carbonnier, 22 July 2017

Economists can help better understand and address some of today’s toughest humanitarian challenges. This column argues that the economics of war and disaster – which includes foreign aid – is largely untapped as a field of study and practice. While humanitarian economics has the potential to improve our knowledge of these problems, and the outcomes for those affected by them, it must take account of the ethical and epistemological issues, and the benefits of interdisciplinary cooperation.

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