California Refuses to Disclose Data Used to Determine Lockdown Decisions

California government is refusing to disclose data used to determine lockdown decision because they rely on a ‘very complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public.’ I don’t buy that argument.

And this article suggests that people “vote with their feet” in that they tend to leave the most restrictive lockdown states…economic forces impose costs on states imposing ineffective policies and reward states with a better policy environment. This article does not offer proof that the lockdowns are causing the exodus, but the trend is worth noting.

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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