Pandemic-economics blog

Pandemic-economics blogA blog by Commission staff to generate ideas and promote debate about policy responses to COVID‑19. We welcome robust, respectful and insightful thoughts and ideas. Comments can be posted at the bottom of blog posts, but please note they are moderated and won't appear immediately. 

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COVID stringency index

Level with me

2 July 2020 | Nik Green

Much of the public debate about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has focused on the extent to w...

Washing hands under tap

Local government infrastructure financing meets COVID-19

20 May 2020 | Ron Crawford

Last October, New Zealand communities elected their local government councillors and mayors.

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Taking account of the visible… and the hidden

4 May 2020 | Nik Green

A peculiar fixation of economists is looking for the unseen or unnoticed effects of an event.

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