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Livestream: Joshua Gans on "The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19"

5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EST livestream book talk by Joshua Gans

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Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday November 10, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 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: "The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19" (updated edition paperback, MIT Press, Nov. 10, 2020)
Venue: On November 3, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the book talk on November 10 from 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EST.
Location: Toronto
Cost: $25.95 plus HST per person (includes the link for the livestream and 1 unsigned paperback copy of "The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19")
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Book Mailing: Starting November 11, unsigned copies of The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19 will be shipped to paid registrants.

Book Synopsis: Why solving the information problem should be at the core of our pandemic response: essential reading about the long-term implications of our current crisis.

COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a lack of good information. A pandemic is essentially an information problem: this is the enlightening and provocative idea at the heart of this book. If we solve the information problem, argues economist Joshua Gans, we can defeat the virus. For example, when we don't know who is infected, we have to act as if everyone is infected. If we actively manage the information problem--if we know who is infected and with whom they had contact--we can suppress the virus or buy time for vaccine development.

This is an expanded version of an eBook originally published as Economics in the Age of COVID-19.

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 the author of several books including The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press) and co-author of Prediction Machines (HBR Press) and Innovation + Equality (MIT Press).

Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 


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