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Making policy decisions under uncertainty

Collier, Paul, Delbridge, Victoria and Wani, Shahrukh (2020) Making policy decisions under uncertainty. International Growth Centre Blog (23 Jun 2020). Blog Entry.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed policymakers to high levels of uncertainty: governments simply do not have enough information to know what to do. The result is changing policy decisions mid-course: Britain reversed its strategy of building herd immunity when a new estimate put the likely death toll from this strategy at 250,000 people; America’s Centres for Disease Control initially discouraged the wearing of face masks by citizens but has since reversed its course. Policy changes like these have risked policymakers’ credibility, as well as their citizens’ compliance.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: International Growth Centre
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 07:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:46

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