An Early View of the Economic Impact of the Pandemic in 5 Charts

2020-04-09T07:16:40-05:00April 6, 2020|

By John Bluedorn, Gita Gopinath, and Damiano Sandri

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The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world into a recession. For 2020 it will be worse than the global financial crisis. The economic damage is mounting across all countries, tracking the sharp rise in new infections and containment measures put in place by governments. (more…)

Chart of the weekGlobal Uncertainty Related to Coronavirus at Record High

2020-04-05T08:25:17-05:00April 4, 2020|

By Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom, and Davide Furceri

The coronavirus continues to spread. As more countries impose quarantines and social distancing, the fear of contagion and income losses is increasing uncertainty around the world.

A new measure of economic uncertainty related to pandemics and other disease outbreaks finds that uncertainty around the coronavirus is exceptionally high and is much higher than in past outbreaks.

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Economic Policies for the COVID-19 War

2020-04-02T16:05:45-05:00April 1, 2020|

This blog is part of a special series on the response to the coronavirus.

By Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Paolo Mauro, Antonio Spilimbergo, and Jeromin Zettelmeyer

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis like no other. It feels like a war, and in many ways it is. People are dying. Medical professionals are on the front lines. Those in essential services, food distribution, delivery, and public utilities work overtime to support the effort. (more…)

Maintaining Banking System Safety amid the COVID-19 Crisis

2020-04-01T14:43:16-05:00March 31, 2020|

This blog is part of a special series on the response to the coronavirus.


By Tobias Adrian and Aditya Narain

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Today we face economic upheaval potentially more severe than we witnessed during the global financial crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is a different kind of shock. Never before have modern economies shut down at the drop of a hat. (more…)

Europe’s COVID-19 Crisis and the Fund’s Response

2020-03-31T10:41:36-05:00March 30, 2020|

This blog is part of a series providing regional analysis on the effects of the coronavirus.

By Poul M. Thomsen

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COVID-19 has struck Europe with stunning ferocity. While we do not know how long the crisis will last, we know that the economic impact will be severe. In Europe’s major economies, nonessential services closed by government decree account for about one-third of output. (more…)

COVID-19 Pandemic and the Middle East and Central Asia: Region Facing Dual Shock

2020-03-26T08:10:04-05:00March 23, 2020|

This blog is part of a series providing regional analysis on the effects of the coronavirus.

By Jihad Azour

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The impact of COVID-19 and the oil price plunge in the Middle East and the Caucasus and Central Asia has been substantial and could intensify. With three-quarters of the countries reporting at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 and some facing a major outbreak, the coronavirus pandemic has become the largest near-term challenge to the region. (more…)

Blunting the Impact and Hard Choices: Early Lessons from China

2020-03-20T13:49:24-05:00March 20, 2020|

This blog is part of a series providing regional analysis on the effects of the coronavirus.

By Helge Berger, Kenneth Kang, and  Changyong Rhee

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The impact of the coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. (more…)

COVID-19 Pandemic and Latin America and the Caribbean: Time for Strong Policy Actions

2020-03-20T12:47:27-05:00March 19, 2020|

This blog is the first in a series providing regional analysis on the effects of the coronavirus.

By Alejandro Werner

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COVID-19 is spreading very quickly. This is no longer a regional issue—it is a challenge calling for a global response. Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have been hit later than other regions from the pandemic and therefore have a chance to flatten the curve of contagion.

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