The Consequences of COVID Lockdowns
Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took unprecedented actions in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state banned certain businesses from operating and even required the entire population of Michigan to stay in their homes under penalty of law. The legality of these actions is questionable, and some have already been deemed illegal. And while these extraordinary measures may have temporarily slowed the spread of a coronavirus, they also placed severe costs on society.
A panel of three experts will assess and discuss these aspects of these actions. They will cover the legal questions, as well as the economic consequences for entrepreneurs and the broader economy.
This event is sponsored by the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation and done in partnership with Northwood University. Join us on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.
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James Hop is associate professor and department chair, Entrepreneurship and Franchising Management at Northwood University. Before joining NU, Professor Hop witnessed the free market system at work as a banker working with over 80 small business entrepreneurs, as an executive and part owner in a manufacturing business and as president and part owner of a service company. With an MBA from Northwood University and an undergraduate degree from Hope College, Hop approaches teaching business from a free market perspective.
Dale Matcheck is professor and chair of the Economics Department at Northwood University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated with distinction in 1984, and his PhD. in Economics from Cornell University where he was a Herbert H. Lehman Fellow in 1993. He is the academic director of Northwood University’s Freedom Seminar, a annual symposium that brings experts together to examine the ethical, economic and public policy aspects the free enterprise system. He is co-author and editor of When We Are Free, an anthology of essays describing the values and functioning of a free enterprise system. He is a member of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Studies Board of Scholars, and regular participant in educational seminars for the Institute of Humane Studies and the Foundation of Economic Education.
Michael Van Beek is director of research for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has authored several studies for the Center as well as analysis and commentaries that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, The Oakland Press and elsewhere.