UCI News

The New York Times, April 24, 2020
The Tax-Break Bonanza Inside the Economic Rescue Package
“There’s no reason to send money in a blanket form to all the companies that have net operating losses,” said [Victor Fleischer, a tax law professor at the University of California, Irvine]. “We have some amazingly successful companies that don’t pay tax and have net operating losses, and there’s no reason to be subsidizing these companies or expect that money will find its way down to the employees.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

U.S. News & World Report, April 24, 2020
Shaping a Generation: The Coronavirus Kids
“I think this will have a lot of mental health consequences from the economic crisis and the quarantine,” says Dana Rose Garfin, assistant professor at the University of California at Irvine and the principal investigator at the school’s Resilience, Epidemiology and Community Health Lab, where she explores how negative life events and community disasters impact individuals and communities across their lifespan. “But,” she adds, “kids are very resilient.” … “If we do see long-term effects on children, it will probably be because of these schools closures,” Garfin says.

KPCC, April 23, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: What Risks And Safety Measures Are You Willing To Accept To Reopen For Business?
Governor Newsom has said that when schools and businesses do begin to reopen in California, there will very likely be new safety measures in place, like reduced seating at restaurants, temperature monitoring, and staggered school schedules.But until there is a vaccine for COVID-19 or some effective treatments, any easing of current restrictions will involve some risk. … Guests: … Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California Irvine ….

Orange County Register, April 24, 2020
Coronavirus Q&A: Can I get COVID-19 from my groceries?
“There is no evidence that I’m aware of that indicates the spread of COVID-19 infection via contaminated food,” said Michael J. Buchmeier, a professor of medicine and biology at UC Irvine. Buchmeier, backed by 40 years of experience working on coronaviruses, reminds us to “think about where the contamination is coming from.” COVID-19, for the most part, is passed person-to-person through tiny respiratory droplets. So, you’re more likely to contract the virus by being in close contact with a person, not a bag of Cheetos or raw chicken thighs. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

SF Gate, April 24, 2020
Price controls don’t work – but mask rationing is the exception that proves the rule
Amihai Glazer, UCI professor of economics writes, “As an economist who wrote a textbook on price theory and teaches it to undergraduates, I’m generally skeptical about price controls. But not in this case. … Masks, hand sanitizers and vaccinations are different from most goods because they may benefit more than just the person using them. … Price controls on goods like masks, hand sanitizer or vaccines, once they become available, can be useful if doing so helps limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

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