WF Ep. 175 The Great Fear 3 Years on with Professor Gigi Foster
It is now 3 Years on from the Great Fear when lockdowns were first introduced in an attempt to fight the pandemic. My guest on WilmsFront is Professor of Economics at UNSW Gigi Foster who warned about the destruction and damage lockdowns bring right from the beginning.
Gigi Foster has co-authored two books on the covid pandemic response: the Great Covid Panic and Do lockdowns and border closures serve the “greater good”? A cost-benefit analysis of Australia’s reaction to COVID-19. She is a Senior Scholar at the Brownstone Institute founded in 2021 by libertarian author and commentator Jeffrey Tucker.
Using inputs such as international development goals, wellbeing and quality of life metrics and excess deaths Gigi calculated that Australia’s covid response cost 68 more times than the benefits they delivered. To avoid a repeat when the next pandemic inevitably breaks out Gigi advocates reform of our scientific, government and health institutions.
Gigi Foster Links
UNSW Academic Profile
Australia’s COVID response cost 68 times more than benefits delivered – UNSW Spotlight
The Great Covid Panic
Do lockdowns and border closures serve the “greater good”? A cost-benefit analysis of Australia’s reaction to COVID-19