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Apr 23, 2020

A long lockdown makes economic sense

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Do unemployment benefits cover the cost of living? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says states should be allowed to go bankrupt. One economist's model shows how costly staying open with no lockdown would be for the U.S.

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Do unemployment benefits in the time of COVID-19 cover the cost of living?

Apr 23, 2020
Those dollars stretch farther in some states than others.
The benefits vary from state to state, though right now, recipients also qualify for $600 a week in federal pandemic unemployment benefits.
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Economists are measuring the cost effectiveness of coronavirus lockdowns

Apr 23, 2020
New research shows a long lockdown could be cheaper than reopening too soon.
One economist says the way forward is "smart containment," somewhere in between total lockdown and a free-for-all.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Krewe Lettuce

The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director