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What Influence Test Capacities Have on Productivity During Lockdown

Leibniz Prize winner Michèle Tertilt from the University of Mannheim to give online guest lecture at Chemnitz University of Technology on July 7, 2021, 11:15 a.m.

The so-called lockdown to contain the Corona pandemic has led to intense discussions on very different levels - political, social, medical, to name just a few. One of the topics has been the question of how to reconcile economic issues with infection control, especially with regard to individual self-determination and age structure in society.

Prof. Dr. Michèle Tertilt, holder of the Professorship of Macro- and Development Economy at the University of Mannheim, conducted research on this topic. She will present her results, especially regarding the economically optimal lockdown, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences’ Physical Colloquium at Chemnitz University of Technology. The event will take place online in English via Zoom on July 7, 2021, at 11:15 am.

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ZOOM Conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85171705412   

Meeting ID: 851 7170 5412

The focus of this current research by Michèle Tertilt was an extended standard epidemiological model that looks at test-taking and personal willingness to execute "social distancing" on the one hand and the age distribution of the subjects on the other.  A key finding of the study was that with sufficient testing capacity, a lockdown can be much easier with increasing productivity.

About Prof. Dr. Michèle Tertilt

Michèle Tertilt, born in Münster in 1972, studied economics at the University of Bielefeld. She graduated in 1997. She earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 2003 before moving to Stanford University as an assistant professor. She has been a full professor at the University of Mannheim since 2010. She has received numerous honors, including the Gossen Prize from the Verein für Socialpolitik in 2013, an ERC Consolidator Grant "Gender Differences: A Macroeconomic Perspective" 2013-2018, and the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation in 2019. Her macroeconomic research focuses on development and family economics.


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