The Way Forward in the Post-COVID World

13 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2020

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Daniel M. Rothschild

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: May 28, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted an extraordinarily high human toll throughout the country, imposing an almost unfathomable strain on its healthcare infrastructure and vast losses in terms of economic growth and employment. The failures of the federal government in its response to the pandemic will heighten the debate over how to make government more effective.

As policymakers begin to “unpause” the economy, they will have to address immediate challenges in economic and fiscal policy, regulatory policy, health policy, and monetary policy. This policy brief addresses all four of these areas. For each, it identifies innovative and action-oriented ideas developed by the community of scholars at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a rapid, entrepreneur-led rebound.

Keywords: healthcare, coronavirus, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, public health, economics, quarantine, economy, economic crisis, monetary policy, regulatory policy, fiscal policy, entrepreneur

JEL Classification: H51, H75, I00, I18, H00, I10, L51, K20

Suggested Citation

Rothschild, Daniel M., The Way Forward in the Post-COVID World (May 28, 2020). Mercatus Special Edition Policy Brief, Available at SSRN: or

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