MGA’s Alex Brill on CNBC’s Squawk Box

“We want the program to work and I think that sadly what we’re seeing is that the program is working quite well. And I say sadly because we are seeing tens of millions of people process through that system and we’re going to continue to see that I think for the next few weeks as the backlogs in certain states get worked through…”

New Analysis Situates COVID-19 Alongside 1918 Pandemic, Predicts 12 Million–26 Million Hospitalizations

A new report released today by Matrix Global Advisors (MGA) finds that COVID-19 is likely as severe as the 1918 pandemic, the worst pandemic in the twentieth century. MGA evaluated COVID-19 data using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (PSAF) and found that the current pandemic’s clinical severity (how sick the virus makes people) and transmissibility (how contagious the virus is) are the highest measurable by that tool.

Efforts to Combat E-Cigarette Misuse Could Backfire

Recent news about e-cigarette misuse has fueled both public misperception and policy responses that are likely to have unintended consequences. As the US vaping market continues to evolve, policymakers face the tricky challenge of safeguarding the potential for positive public health outcomes from e-cigarettes, which offer a lower-risk alternative to traditional cigarettes, while ensuring reasonable protections against youth use.

MGA’a Alex Brill on Liberty & Justice for All

“I advocate and support a carbon tax, but not just blindly, not just any carbon tax. It is critically important that the carbon tax be revenue neutral. That at the time at which this policy is put in place its done in a matter in which the revenues expected to be generated from the carbon tax are used to reduce other taxes that are more distortionary. This is what we would call the principles of basic tax reform.”