Monday 30 November 2020


The economic challenges of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended economies across the world. The daunting scale, pace and uncertainty of the crisis has presented huge challenges for economics, and for economic policymakers attempting to steer countries through it while limiting the damage to citizens’ lives and livelihoods. And even if a vaccine is found soon, the legacy of the crisis will live on in our labour markets and public finances for many years to come.

The Resolution Foundation and the Money, Macro and Finance Society are co-hosting a series of webinars to dive into the big economic challenges thrown up by COVID-19. Together we have brought together internationally renowned economists and policymakers to discuss those challenges – from the changing roles of central banks and governments, to how countries can navigate transformed labour markets and the unequal impacts of the crisis.

Kicking off with a double bill, the series of five webinars – each focusing on a specific challenge – will include a keynote presentation and an opportunity for viewers to submit questions to the panel before and during the event. Further details about each webinar are included in the registration links below.



Challenges facing fiscal policy makers: Monday 30 November, 11.30am-12.45pm

  • Speakers: Simon Wren-Lewis and Stephanie Flanders.

Challenges facing monetary policy makers: Monday 30 November, 2.30-3.45pm

  • Speakers: Silvana Tenreyro and Sushil Wadhwani.

Challenges from the unequal impact on the labour market: Monday 7 December, 2.30-3.45pm

  • Speakers: Christopher Pissarides and Tara Sinclair.

Challenges facing policy and governance: Tuesday 8 December, 11.30am-12.45pm

  • Speakers: Ivor Crewe and Jill Rutter.

Challenges from the distributional impact of the crisis: Friday 11 December, 11.30am-12.45pm

  • Speakers: Ben Moll and Claudia Sahm.