Prof. Kevin Berry Testifies in Joint House State Affairs and House Health & Human Services Committee Hearing

Professor Kevin Berry

Prof. Kevin Berry testified to a joint meeting of the Alaska Legislature’s House State Affairs and House Health & Human Services Committees on Sept 9. Prof. Berry spoke about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Alaskan and national economies. He provided summaries of the peer-reviewed academic literature on the economics of COVID-19 and analysis based on consumer traffic and mobility data. Prof. Berry stressed that the recovery is stalled primarily because of the public health crisis rather than public health mandates. He provided evidence that targeted and effective public health policy is pro-business and can reduce the economic consequences of the pandemic.