Anup Malani
University of Chicago
National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, Aug 2022
JEL Codes:
D82, D83, I10, I14, I15
● Lessons from Disease and Economic Surveillance during COVID in India
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This paper describes disease and economic surveillance during COVID, along with the uses of that surveillance, and lessons learned about the pandemic from that surveillance. It ends with policy suggestions on how to gather intelligence during the next pandemic in India and how surveillance informs suppression policy. Important themes that I stress are the value of population-level surveillance, understanding the incentives and disincentives for surveillance and reporting, and tailoring policy to the results of surveillance.

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