A new empirical study co-authored by CEI’s Joel M. Zinberg M.D., J.D. with colleagues from the Paragon Health Institute compares COVID-19 policy interventions state-by-state and analyzes their effects on health, economic, and education outcomes. In Freedom Wins: States with Less Restrictive COVID Policies Outperformed States with More Restrictive COVID Policies, the authors find that more severe lockdowns had little or no health benefits but led to serious, negative economic and education outcomes. In addition, the study concludes that the lockdowns influenced domestic migration patterns leading people to flee lockdown states and move to less restrictive ones. An in-depth comparison of the highly prohibitive approach taken in California and the more open, common sense measures used in Florida illustrates the study’s key findings.

When: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Where: Sant Ambroeus, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Invite only. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Joel M. Zinberg, M.D., J.D. is a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Director the Public Health and American Well-Being Initiative at the Paragon Health Institute. A native New Yorker, he served for two years (2017-2019) as General Counsel and Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Zinberg practiced general and oncologic surgery in New York for nearly 30 years at the Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine, where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and previously taught for 10 years at the Columbia Law School on medical-legal issues involving organ transplantation.

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