10. November 2020 - 22:00 till 23:00
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The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of Covid-19, online, Tuesday, 10. November 2020

Join us for a 1-hour livestream featuring Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management and Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Author



On the Topic: "The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19" (updated edition paperback, MIT Press, Nov. 10, 2020)



Cost: $25.95 plus HST per person (includes the link for the livestream and 1 unsigned paperback copy of "Economics in the Age of COVID-19")



Book Synopsis: Why solving the information problem should be at the core of our pandemic response: essential reading about the long-term implications of our current crisis.



COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a lack of good information. A pandemic is essentially an information problem: this is the enlightening and provocative idea at the heart of this book. If we solve the information problem, argues economist Joshua Gans, we can defeat the virus. For example, when we don't know who is infected, we have to act as if everyone is infected. If we actively manage the information problem--if we know who is infected and with whom they had contact--we can suppress the virus or buy time for vaccine development.



This is an expanded version of an eBook originally published as Economics in the Age of COVID-19.



About Our Speaker: Joshua Gans is Professor of Strategic Management and holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He is the author of several books including The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press) and co-author of Prediction Machines (HBR Press) and Innovation + Equality (MIT Press).

Tuesday, 10. November 2020, online, The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of Covid-19

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