Constituent policy

New study ranks states’ COVID policy outcomes. Illinois gets an “F”. – Wirepoints quick point

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) last week published a working page this is the most in-depth review we have seen so far, linking state government COVID policy to actual outcomes. In addition to mortality, it considered the effects on the economy and education in its ranking.

Illinois is about average in mortality. It ranks 24th among states on COVID deaths per capita, adjusted for age and health care differences between states.

But it has come at a high cost to achieve this mediocrity, ranking 43rd to 47th on various economic indicators and 43rd on keeping schools open.

This earned him a combined ranking of 46 and an “F” grade. Only California, New Mexico, New York, the District of Columbia and New Jersey performed worse. The top-scoring states that earned an “A” were Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota, Florida, New Hampshire, Maine and Arkansas, in that order.

Another way to think of the study is to think of it as an examination of whether the strict COVID policies that have damaged state economies and kept students out of school have reduced mortality. . They didn’t, the study implies.

The summary table showing the component rankings for each state is below. The authors are Casey Mulligan, an economist at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Moore and Phil Kerpen of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity.

-Marc Glennon

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research