Authors: Peter Marber, Julian Savulescu, February 2021.
Are there pandemic policies that can be both fair and equitable, while also jumpstarting the world economy now and in the future? We argue for a “progressive reciprocity” framework similar to America’s G.I. Bill, as both an ethical and economic recovery template. This framework would provide incentives for greater public quarantine compliance which can end the health crisis faster, thereby reducing overall societal harm. President Joe Biden might use such a plan to end the crisis, reinvigorate the economy, and restore morality to U.S. policymaking – while also repairing America’s tarnished reputation in the global community.