Geography has a say in the pandemic recovery

Bloomberg Opinion Today

Why New York's in a Depression and Texas Isn't — Conor Sen

In the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conventional wisdom was that economic recovery hinged on controlling the disease. For a while, that appeared to be the case, with the economies of most states feeling similar levels of pain as consumers, businesses and public officials took measures to slow the spread of the virus.

But as August state employment data show, recovery is happening faster in states whose economies are less tied to in-person services, not states that have performed better on controlling the virus. As we await the rollout of vaccines, we should expect better virus control to improve the economic fortunes of any community. But we should also expect states with economies that rely more on logistics, manufacturing and construction to outperform economies heavier on services, no matter what their public health performance is.

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Republicans Would Regret Replacing Ginsburg Before Election — Noah Feldman

Toyota or Pakora? India Must Choose — Andy Mukherjee

The One and Only Question for Trump's NomineeFrancis Wilkinson

Trump's TikTok Drama Was Just Another Empty Threat — Tae Kim

How Is Italy Avoiding a Second Pandemic Wave? — Ferdinando Giugliano

Trump May Be Losing His Grip on Farm Country — Adam Minter

Colleges Are Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse — Bloomberg's editors

How Covid-19 Is Killing Good Manners and What to Do About ItStephen L. Carter

California Burnin' — a Warning Against One-Party Rule — Niall Ferguson

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