This paper was completed on 18 June 2020, in the midst of the fast-moving pandemic. At the time, the performance of the Asia-Pacific region in suppressing the epidemic was vastly superior to that of the North Atlantic region (including both North America and Western Europe). A half-year more has now passed. Rather than re-writing the paper, I have allowed the original to stand as was written, but add this postscript for an update. The basic message is clear: The early superior results of the Asia-Pacific region were maintained during the second half of 2020. These superior results were neither early anomalies (such as the particular timing of the arrival of the virus) nor temporary successes that were later overwhelmed by events. The accomplishments have persisted, and reflect a superiority of the public health measures undertaken by the governments, and the public's compliance with them, in the Asia-Pacific region compared with...
Comparing COVID-19 Control in the Asia-Pacific and North Atlantic Regions*
I thank Ms. Ismini Ethridge for outstanding assistance on all aspects of the paper. I am grateful to Professor Ram Fishman for early discussions and his outstanding work with Professor Nittai Bergman on linking the effective reproduction date with the Google mobility data. I also thank Professor Simas Kuscinskas for discussions about the effective reproduction rate.
Jeffrey D. Sachs; Comparing COVID-19 Control in the Asia-Pacific and North Atlantic Regions. Asian Economic Papers 2021; 20 (1): 30–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/asep_a_00795
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