Published on 18 August 2020
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On the Management of Population Immunity

Herd immunity - crucial yet irrelevant

This paper considers a susceptible-infected-recovered type model of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 or swine flu, in which costly treatment or vaccination confers immunity on recovered individuals.


Dr Flavio Toxvaerd

Affiliated Researcher

Flavio Toxvaerd is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and a fellow of Clare College. He holds degrees from the University of...

Robert Rowthorn

Bob Rowthorn

Robert Rowthorn is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. His research interests include economic growth, employment and inequality,...

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