Gains from Independence: Were the 13 Colonies Better off Under British Rule?

he American Revolution holds a prominent place in the American psyche and consequently has been a subject of debate and inquiry.However, like any other revolution, American Revolution was not a sudden spark, but more so the cumulative result of a vast complex of socio-economic and political forces, lying dormant and accumulating behind the scenes. This paper argues that the combination of direct and indirect costs incurred in order to gain independence were overshadowed the gains from independence, making the colonists better off being a part of the British Empire in the short run.

COVID-19 and the Economics of Vaccine Distribution

When COVID-19 began to rapidly spread across the United States in March of 2020, millions of people were forced to quarantine in their homes in hopes of reducing the spread of the virus. Now, eleven months later, nearly 27 million Americans have contracted the disease and 462,000 have died. With daily case surges persisting throughout 2020, it has quickly become apparent that the only way to mitigate the spread of the virus is through a vaccine. However, the production and distribution of the virus is proving to be much more difficult than originally anticipated.