Overdose Deaths Spike During COVID-19 Pandemic

Article by Julia Garbee ’22.   Addiction is a disease that thrives in isolation. The long-term isolation and economic devastation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic largely contributed to exacerbated drug use. Overdose fatalities, which were already on the rise pre-pandemic, became more frequent due to these pandemic stressors and treatment shortages. More than 54,000 Americans

35 years ago this summer: The Founding of the Lowe Institute

By: Julia Garbee, ‘22 This summer marks the 35th anniversary of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy. Since its founding, the Institute has championed student involvement in economic research. In the mid 1980’s, CMC President Jack Stark wished to expand the number of research institutes. Noting the absence of an institute focused on economics, Stark

What drove Trump’s tweeting tendencies?

Article by Anya Syed.   Trump’s presidency saw no more precarious relationship than the president himself and Twitter. Trump’s tweets delivered global headlines, his daily disputes, and gave insight into his emotions. Analyses by the Lowe Institute investigated the potential reasons why one day saw more insulting Tweets than another. Was there more than rage

The Musk Multiplier

Article by Elliott Thornburg.   What can be gained from one of Elon Musk’s tweets? Maybe a humorous chuckle at a meme comparing a robotic crane to male genitalia. Or perhaps a slightly updated perspective on the potentially catastrophic risks of artificial intelligence. How about fourteen billion dollars? When Elon Musk tweeted “Gamestonk!!” in late

EVs Driving the Stock Market

Article by Ethan Kruteck.   A secondary market for regulatory tax credits is the secret to Tesla’s recent success. In September of 2020, Tesla reported being profitable for the past four consecutive quarters, which can be attributed to the sale of regulatory tax credits to automobile manufacturers who were unable to meet the quota (Higgins,

Restaurant Survival in a Pandemic 

Article by Julia Garbee and Angelina Astillero    The COVID-19 pandemic has had harrowing effects on restaurants across the country. Over 110,000 restaurants closed in the United States in 2020, eradicating nearly 2.5 million jobs. Indoor dining restrictions haven’t impacted all restaurants equally, though. Cuisine, hours, reputation, and services influence a restaurant’s likelihood of surviving

Mental Health and the Economic Repercussions of COVID-19

Article by Georgia Dietz.   COVID-19 defined 2020 due to the mass health pandemic; however, the grim impact of COVID-19 on mental health has received less attention. Recent work has demonstrated the disparate economic effects of COVID-19 across income groups, where those of lower socioeconomic status face more difficulties with employment and food security. Such

Is the Twindemic Hitting California?

Article by Maya Shah.    Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, California health experts have worried about the twindemic — the overlap of increasing Covid-19 cases and a severe flu season. If the twindemic were to occur, the already stressed healthcare system would be further overwhelmed, especially in hard-hit states like California where ICU

COVID-19 Events and Stock Market Returns

Article by Caroline Houghton.    The entire world saw uncertainty at an unprecedented level in 2020 due to COVID-19. Universities, workplaces, shopping malls, and many other popular locations closed as people all over the world quarantined in their homes. Uncertainty related to COVID-19 and how long it would impact our lives led to high volatility