Why $1.4 Billion Sent to Dead People is a Policy Success

No policy is perfect, so we should design them to fail correctly

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On March 27 the CARES Act was passed, which included $1,200 direct payments to every adult as means of financial stimulus. On June 25, the Washington Post reported that an estimated $1.4 billion worth payments went out to people who were actually dead. The…

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