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Livestream: Joshua Gans on "Economics in the Age of COVID-19"

3:00pm sharp to 4:00pm livestream of the book talk by Prof. Joshua Gans

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Date: Tuesday May 19, 2020 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Speaker(s): Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management and Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Author
Topic: "Economics in the Age of COVID-19" (ebook edition, MIT Press First Reads, Apr. 21, 2020)

On May 12, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the talk on May 19 from 3:00pm sharp to 4:00pm.

Location: Online
Cost: Free to attend with the purchase of the ebook edition of "Economics in the Age of COVID-19". See below for further instructions and a list of retailers.
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To complete your registration for the livestream, please forward your receipt to (or other proof of purchase) showing that you have bought the ebook edition of Economics in the Age of COVID-19. In your email message please include your name, job title and organization name. We'll share your details with Prof. Gans so that he will know who will be in his "audience". The link to the livestream that will take place on May 19 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm will be emailed to you on May 12 by Rotman Events.

Book Synopsis: This brand new book is a guide to the pandemic economy. It will be essential reading about the long-term implications of our current crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a firehose of information (much of it wrong) and an avalanche of opinions (many of them ill-founded). Most of us are so distracted by the everyday awfulness that we don't see the broader issues in play. In this book, Rotman School economist Joshua Gans steps back from the short-term chaos to take a clear and systematic look at how economic choices are being made in response to COVID-19. He shows that containing the virus and pausing the economy - without letting businesses fail and people lose their jobs - are the necessary first steps.

Gans outlines the phases of the pandemic economy, from containment to reset to recovery and enhancement. Warning against thinking in terms of a “tradeoff” between public health and economic health, Gans explains that containment gives us the opportunity to develop effective testing that will make it safe for people to interact. Once the virus is contained, we will need to pivot toward innovating, and, finally, we will come together to plan how to protect ourselves from future pandemics. He looks at policy tools that might aid an economic recovery, distinguishing between economic losses during a pandemic and a recession.

Gans lays out the economic choices accessibly but with urgency, leaving politics out of it. Economics in the Age of COVID-19 is essential reading for anyone interested in the long-term implications of our current crisis.

(Please note that an updated paperback edition of this book will go on sale on November 10, 2020.)

About Our Speaker: Joshua Gans is Professor of Strategic Management and holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He is Chief Economist at Creative Destruction Lab. Gans is the author of The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press) and co-author of Prediction Machines (HBR Press), Innovation + Equality (MIT Press).

Questions:, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 

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