COVID-19 Response and the Economy:

Comparing the United States, China, and Taiwan

Garrett Ainsworth

Business Economics, Class of 2019

In his collection of essays—COVID-19 Response and the Economy: Comparing the United States, China, and Taiwan—Garrett Ainsworth explores the economic impact of the coronavirus on the US, China, and Taiwan as he utilizes his understanding of economics and his cultural experiences to write a compelling cultural narrative and political argument.

PART ONE

Two Different Worlds: Experiencing COVID-19 in Asia vs. the United States

In the collection's first of three installments—Two Different Worlds: Experiencing COVID-19 in Asia vs the United States—Ainsworth sets the scene by recounting his personal experiences as a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PART TWO

Taiwan: A Model for Democracy Amid a Pandemic

In the collection's second installment—Taiwan: A Model for Democracy Amid a Pandemic—Ainsworth analyzes the measures the United States, Chinese, and Taiwanese governments have taken to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PART THREE

Taiwan: A Model for Economic Growth and Transparency During a Pandemic

In the collection's final installment—Taiwan: A Model for Economic Growth and Transparency During a Pandemic—Ainsworth reviews the economic projections of the United States, China, and Taiwan as a result of their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and concludes with his insights on which type of government is best equipped to maintain economic stability during a pandemic.