Melbourne's return to stage 3 restrictions has precipitated another round of grocery stockpiling. But supermarket shelves won't be empty as long as last time.
What motivates people to panic buy and stockpile goods like toilet paper? The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the chance to find out.
This is a pivotal time for policymakers to be vigilant about drug shortages and to ensure that Canadians have reliable access to safe drugs.
Prices are the signals the private sector relies on to direct resources. Snuffing out these signals may prove too costly for consumers in the end.
One person’s stockpiling can mean another one’s shortage. A philosopher reminds us of our social and moral obligations at this time.
Faced with uncertain and anxious times, brains send out instructions to start stockpiling supplies – whether you're a person facing a pandemic, or a rodent prepping for a long winter.
As the prime minister's move to lockdown has shown, people could not be trusted to act responsibly for the greater good.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are stockpiling essential supplies. But policy-makers may be able to influence both the supply and demand through public announcements and advisories.