Author Archives: Philipp Kircher

New version: “An economic model of the Covid-19 pandemic with young and old agents: Behavior, testing and policies”

joint with L.Brotherhood, C. Santos and M. Tertilt (new version: April 2021, first version May 2020) This paper explores policies in epidemiological model of Covid-19 where individual’s make private social distancing decisions. Individuals differ by age, where the young have lower risk but need to earn a living (though they can telework). In equilibrium the elderly protect […]

Should top journals publish rapidly written papers on Covid-19?

This is a slightly inward-looking question at a time where many lives are at stake, but it is not an unimportant one. Publications give both incentives and – maybe more importantly – some level of accreditation. At a time where a lot of material is circulating, accreditation seems very important. Traditional economics articles tend to […]

Vegan living

I became vegan in 2013. Prior to that, I thought factory farms were extreme and not the norm. That turned out be incorrect. Books like “Eating Animals” and videos about today’s ‘normal’ farming practices changed my view. Interestingly, the information only changed my behavior when I connected it to what I feel about it. What […]