The Economics of the COVID Pandemic and the Governmental Response

Use these readings to get started on your original assignments. Follow up on links as necessary to better understand the topic. You can email any interesting links you find so that I can post them.

Unemployment Insurance and Housing

For the first part of the class, we are going to look at the CARES Act and that has been happening since it expired.


CARES Act Measures Strengthening Unemployment Insurance Should Continue While Need Remains

The Rent Is Still Due: America’s Renters, COVID-19, and an Unprecedented Eviction Crisis

Extend CARES Act Eviction Moratorium, Combine With Rental Assistance to Promote Housing Stability

Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners

Trump Executive Order Doesn’t Extend Eviction Ban, Won’t Help the Millions Struggling to Pay Rent

Coverage of the current budget deal impasse: Is $1 Trillion Enough for a New Economic Relief Package?

Payroll Tax Moratorium

Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster

Business groups warn of ‘substantial tax liability’ from payroll tax deferral

The latest development – IRS says companies are responsible for deferred payroll taxes


For the second part of the class, we are going to talk about universities, including LSU.

New! The Long-Brewing Crisis in Higher Education | On the Media | WNYC Studios

You want to listen to this about the economics of higher ed.

A Global Perspective – Universities will never be the same after the coronavirus crisis

Colleges Get Billions in Coronavirus Relief, but Say Deal Falls Short of Needs

Mounting Peril for Public Higher Education During the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 will hit colleges when students arrive for fall semester. So why open at all? Money is a factor.

UA System COVID-19 Dashboard

LSU Dashboard