Posts on the causes and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and related topics
The Pandemic Tsunami: How COVID-19 Swept Across America
Jason M. Barr and Troy Tassier February 25, 2021
Staring in March 2020, COVID-19 swept across American like a tsunami. This blog post details how hard–and when–minorities and lower income residents got hit. Posted on the Skynomics Blog.
COVID-19 and the Market for Skyscrapers
Jason M. Barr November 19, 2020
How has the COVID-19 impacted the market for skyscrapers around the world? This post discusses 2020, and likely prospects for the near term. Posted on the Skynomics Blog.
The city’s history offers fresh hope for a resurgence. Part of the New York City Reborn Series in City Journal.
Jason M. Barr June 16, 2020
Which was worse for New York City, the 1849 cholera epidemic, the 1918 flu epidemic or the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic? This post reviews two centuries of mortality rates for New York City to see what it says about its history, and, perhaps, its future. Posted on the Skynomics Blog.
Border Crossings: The Spread of COVID-19 across U.S. Counties
Jason M. Barr and Troy Tassier May 19, 2020
U.S. states are starting to reopen their economies. This blog post discusses a possible unintended consequence of this–the spread of COVID-19 across state borders. Posted on the Skynomics Blog.
Escape from New York?: Density and the Coronavirus Trajectory
Jason M. Barr and Troy Tassier written on April 3, 2020, posted on April 20.
When the coronavirus first hit the U.S., many people began blaming cities like New York. This post discusses how timing and bad luck are worse than density. Posted on the Skynomics Blog.
Are Crowded Cities the Reason for the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Jason M. Barr and Troy Tassier April 17, 2020
Placing too much blame on urban density is a mistake. Published in Scientific American (shorter version of “Escape from New York?: Density and the Coronavirus Trajectory”.)