Bartering, a Social Distancing Piazza, and the Reinvention of Baseball

A roundup of stories we’re reading about Covid-19 today

  • The rise of local bartering economies during the pandemic has transformed life in some communities into a game of Settlers of Catan. As the Washington Post reports, Lysol and face masks are in high demand while some are clamoring for video games or seedlings for their gardens. While there’s been an outpouring of generosity in some communities, one economics professor cautioned against romanticizing the phenomenon: “It’s…



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