Economics Explored

The Precautionary Principle and COVID-19

Episode Summary

Should the Precautionary Principle be applied in dealing with COVID-19?

Episode Notes

The Precautionary Principle is being used to justify the closure of state borders in Australia to deal with COVID-19. Should the Precautionary Principle, which many argue is relevant to climate change, be extended to COVID-19? Economics Explored host Gene Tunny discusses the Precautionary Principle and COVID-19 with Joe Branigan, Director of Tulipwood Economics.

Links relevant to the conversation include:

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