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Administrative Burdens in the time of COVID-19

  • Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan
  • May 27 2020
  • W65-2020

May 27, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm Central / 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

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Pamela Herd

Donald Moynihan

Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan
McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

In this webinar Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan will explain how administrative burdens are affecting  the coronavirus policy response in the United States and potentially increasing the economic fallout from the pandemic. Administrative burdens are made up of learning, compliance, and psychological costs that individuals experience in their interactions with government. The effects of these burdens can be surprisingly large in limiting access to public programs. This webinar will give examples of administrative burdens, and explains how they are often not simply the unintended byproducts of governance, but the result of deliberate policy choices. Because burdens affect people’s perceptions of government and often perpetuate long-standing inequalities, understanding why administrative burdens exist and how they can be reduced is essential for maintaining a healthy public sector.


Economic Support, Inequality & Mobility, Means-Tested Programs, Racial/Ethnic Inequality