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State of the West: COVID-19 in the Western States

February 1, 2021

The State of the West symposium is a gathering at Stanford to take stock of the economic and fiscal health of the Western region. It features academic researchers, business and investment practitioners, and other stakeholders concerned with the well-being of the millions of Americans who dwell on the sunset side of the 100th meridian.

The January 28, 2021 program consisted of two panels. The first, titled "COVID-19: Economic Effects," featured John B. Taylor, Eric A. Hanushek, and Matt Gress. These experts discussed the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on western states.

The second panel was titled "Lessons Learned from the Government Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic," featured Morris Fiorina, Niall Ferguson, and Neal Woodbury. Each expert discussed their view on what there is to be learned from government level responses to the pandemic.


The State of the West symposium will return at the end of March for a discussion on wildfires in the American West.