Europe, COVID and politics

Does this moment represent a new opportunity for European cooperation? What does new research shows.


Corporate debt and bankruptcies

With non-financial corporate debt to GDP ratio at the highest level ever, what type of credit policy should the US follow in order to avoid undue scarring to firms and workers from the COVID crisis?


Consumption and saving patterns during COVID

Two research papers use novel ways to put big data together in order to analyze spending patterns of US households according to income levels during the first months of the COVID crisis.


Cash is king during the COVID crisis

Firms that were cash-rich pre-crisis are both rewarded by financial markets and able to gain market share during the crisis.

Economic Growth

Civil society, norms, governments and the markets

Exploring the non-government, non-market dimensions of modern economies.


New and noteworthy books in economics (June)

In the spirit of the times, the  four books we selected for June are on Angrynomics, anti-system politics, but also on economics of belonging and how to create good jobs.


Time series modelling of COVID-19 scenarios

Two new research papers on forecasting the COVID progression.


Multipliers during the pandemic

Will fiscal spending be effective this time around?


When expectations are “scarred”

The debate about the shape of the recovery (V, U or L) revolves around consumers’ confidence and fear. New research shows that during COVID households’ expectations behave differently than what is predicted by standard macro models.

Monetary Policy

Should the Fed control the yield curve?

Yieldcurve control  has now been used in a few other countries. New research on its efficiency and risks.

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