Pandemic-economics blog

Pandemic-economics blogA blog by Commission staff to generate ideas and promote debate about policy responses to COVID‑19. We welcome robust, respectful and insightful thoughts and ideas. Comments can be posted at the bottom of blog posts, but please note they are moderated and won't appear immediately. 

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Second wave

The small numbers problem: distinguishing good luck from goo...

1 July 2020 | Dave Heatley

Zero community transmission. Just a handful of active cases, all in quarantine. New Zealand is in an...

Mountains

How will the pandemic end?

25 June 2020 | Dave Heatley

Elimination. Border incursions. An outbreak. A lockdown, which takes us back to elimination.

QR code scanning

Preparing for further outbreaks – have we got the right app?

11 June 2020 | Dave Heatley

Alert level 1! Like you no doubt, I am breathing a sigh of relief. But no one can guarantee that New...

COVID19 warning

What’s the risk?

19 May 2020 | Dave Heatley and Judy Kavanagh

Eighty-four percent of New Zealanders were concerned about the chances that they or someone close to...

Misty Mt Cook

The future of work? Over-prepared for yesterday’s threat, an...

15 May 2020 | Dave Heatley

Are humans destined to be over-prepared for yesterday’s existential threat, and under-prepared for t...

Mountaineering

A mountaineer’s guide to policy headroom

23 April 2020 | Dave Heatley

Over the last few weeks’, you might have felt like the country was making its way along a ridge betw...

Track

How are we trackin’?

22 April 2020 | Dave Heatley

Let me introduce you to RPE, a “quick & dirty” estimate of the effective reproduction number of COVI...

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