Ebola Economics

By Derek Hunter

An overlooked factor in the worsening Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia is the devastating economic effect of the disease. These countries are some of the poorest in the world, and now their fragile economies are being presented with a toxic mix of insufficient government funding for health services, human capital flight in vital economic sectors such as agriculture, and a de facto (and sometimes official) quarantine from abroad. 

In response to these problems, the International Monetary Fund is seeking to expand its preexisting bailout programs to these countries. The Wall Street Journal discusses the (noble, but insufficient) financial support being provided by the IMF and other financial institutions to help these countries combat the Ebola epidemic.