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On Balance: Costs and Benefits of School Shutdowns
January 25, 2021
By: Daniel J. Hekman, University of Wisconsin
In Volume 11 of The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, Thunström, Newbold, Finnoff, Ashworth, and Shogren presented their findings on the national benefits and costs of physical (or social) distancing measures. Their benefit-cost analysis shows a net benefit of $5.6 Trillion to the US economy over 30 years. However, work on the economics of education and family by Hanushek, Boyd, and others suggests that the long-term impacts on present and future productivity of one aspect of physical distancing policies, virtual learning and school shutdowns, may be more severe than this initial model supposes. Read more
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