CoronaNomics
‘Covid-19 & De-Globalisation’ | Penny Goldberg & Dani Rodrik

‘Covid-19 & De-Globalisation’ | Penny Goldberg & Dani Rodrik

July 9, 2020

Recent decades have seen an unprecedented peak of economic global connectedness. But that trend was visibly weakening well before the coronavirus pandemic and now many think the coronavirus crisis might put globalisation into reverse. But is that reading correct? If it is, what does that mean for our prosperity? And what could and should follow globalisation?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to speak to Dani Rodrik (an economist at the Harvard Kennedy School) and Penny Goldberg (Professor of Economics at Yale University and former Chief Economist at the World Bank).

 

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‘Fixing the World Trade Crisis after coronavirus’ | Peter Mandelson & Hamid Mamdouh

‘Fixing the World Trade Crisis after coronavirus’ | Peter Mandelson & Hamid Mamdouh

July 9, 2020

Lord Peter Mandelson and Hamid Mamdouh join CoronaNomics to discuss Covid-19's impact on world trade. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, global commerce was under severe strain. Economic nationalism, trade wars and a crisis within the World Trade Organisation were threatening to turn the tide on decades of global economic integration. Yet since the beginning of the year, as countries around the world have locked down their economies and supply chains have suffered unprecedented disruption, world trade has experienced a slump on a scale not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. So what is to be done?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to speak to Lord Peter Mandelson and Hamid Mamdouh.

 

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‘Covid 19: Why is America First?’ | Robert Reich

‘Covid 19: Why is America First?’ | Robert Reich

July 9, 2020

The United States of America is the most prosperous, the most powerful, country in the world. But it’s also the nation that has suffered the highest number of deaths from this coronavirus pandemic. The US job market also seems to be suffering more than any other. So why is it that America seems unable to marshal its enormous wealth and resources to deal with Covid-19 as effectively as other parts of the world?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to speak to Robert Reich (US Secretary of Labor, 1993-1997).

 

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‘Does behavioural science help or hinder the fight against Covid-19?’ | Cass Sunstein & Stephen Reicher

‘Does behavioural science help or hinder the fight against Covid-19?’ | Cass Sunstein & Stephen Reicher

July 9, 2020

Cass Sunstein & Stephen Reicher on using psychology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The careful study of how ordinary people actually make decisions and how those decisions can be influenced has been at the vanguard of innovative policy thinking in the 21st century. But, during the Covid-19 pandemic, behavioural science has been deployed as never before, shaping life and death decisions by states around the world. Has it helped or hindered?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to Cass Sunstein (Harvard Business School) and Stephen Reicher (University of St Andrews).

 

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‘The Race for a Vaccine’ | Mariana Mazzucato

‘The Race for a Vaccine’ | Mariana Mazzucato

June 8, 2020

With the majority of the world’s population in lockdown and the world consequently heading for what may well end up being the biggest economic shock of modern times, the world is looking to vaccination as the only way to return to prosperity and safety. But what are the problems and pitfalls involved?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to Mariana Mazzucato (director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London).

 

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‘Markets Vs. Reality’ | Jim O’Neill & Willem Buiter

‘Markets Vs. Reality’ | Jim O’Neill & Willem Buiter

June 2, 2020

Has pandemic has caused financial markets to disconnect with the real economy?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to Jim O'Neill (former UK Treasury Minister & chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management) and Willem Buiter (Columbia University).

 

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Averting Catastrophe | Esther Duflo & Achim Steiner

Averting Catastrophe | Esther Duflo & Achim Steiner

June 2, 2020

The world’s poorest countries may not be able to respond to the pandemic with financial rescue packages, healthcare and other support - leading to warnings of dire economic fallout, infection rates and even mass starvation. So what can be done? And how can we be sure that we are doing the right thing?

 

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to Esther Duflo (Nobel Prize, 2019) and Achim Steiner (United Nations Development Programme).

 

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Calculating An Exit Strategy | Gus O’Donnell & Diane Coyle

Calculating An Exit Strategy | Gus O’Donnell & Diane Coyle

June 2, 2020

How should policymakers balance life and death with jobs, incomes, mental health and education? Is there a way we can consider all these factors at the same time? Do we have the statistics to do it? And are the measures we’re currently using all that helpful?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to Lord Gus O’Donnell (former UK Cabinet Secretary) and Diane Coyle (Cambridge University).

 

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Saving Capitalism | Ned Phelps

Saving Capitalism | Ned Phelps

June 1, 2020

With countries all over the world on lockdown, is capitalism effectively on pause? What are the long-term impacts? Is the pre-crisis system of free-market capitalism capable of guiding the response?

Ben Chu (Economics Editor of The Independent) speaks to Edmund Phelps (Nobel Prize, 2006).

 

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The New Command Economy? | Rob Johnson & Roman Frydman

The New Command Economy? | Rob Johnson & Roman Frydman

June 1, 2020

Since the beginning of March, Western government have stepped in and become involved in their economies on a scale never seen in peacetime. But are governments getting involved in the right way?

Ben Chu (The Independent) and Lizzy Burden (The Telegraph) speak to Rob Johnson (President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking) and Roman Frydman (Founding Editor of Project Syndicate).

 

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