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Quarterly Economic Overview

An in-depth discussion of the economic outlook, topical issues and forecasts.

August 2020
Health authorities have learned a lot about Covid-19, such as the value of wearing facemasks. In the same vein, economists have learned two important lessons. First, the economy can bounce back surprisingly readily from a lockdown. Second, countries that have lost control of Covid-19 have much weaker economies than others. I think this makes it clear that when Covid-19 crops up, a short sharp lockdown is the right medicine for both economy and health.



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