Covid-19

                                                             


Research and Teaching


 Popular writing and further analysis

Covid-19 is the largest health and economic crisis of our generation. We are all bombarded by a lot of news, which are evolving quickly, are often highly technical, and have policy consequences that dramatically affect our lives.

Andrea Galeotti and I felt the need to learn some tools to process this information and to understand and rationalise current health and economic policies. We created a narrative to highlight different trade-offs which are part of: a) every health policy that attempts to flatten the contagion curve of Covid-19, and b) every economic policy that attempts to flatten the 'recession curve' caused by Covid-19.

We thought to share the outcome of this exercise with you: A user guide to Covid-19.            It consists of four mini-lectures (each with slides and a video):

• A user guide of Covid-19: part I: gathering facts. [VideoSlides
Reporting the facts that are available to us all, in a way that is concise, precise and accessible to a large audience.
 
• A user guide of Covid-19: part II: epidemiology for dummies. [VideoSlides]
Explaining, in simple but precise terms, the epidemiology models that are guiding governmental health policies. Discussing trade-offs in health policies that implement different degrees of social distancing.
 
• A user guide of Covid-19: part III: economics for dummies. [VideoSlides]
Explaining, in simple but precise terms, the economic mechanisms behind the new economic crisis due to Covid-19.
 
• A user guide of Covid-19: part IV: policy options. [VideoSlides]
 Discussing health and economic policy options in view of the current situation.
 
     
A file containing the full set of slides is here: Lecture on Covid-19.
version of the slides in Italian can be found here. This is a rapidly evolving situation so we are updating the lecture slides (almost) daily.
 


*Financial support from the European Research Council and the Wheeler Institute is gratefully acknowledged. Luis Fonseca, Sarah Pavlu and Francesco Amodeo have provided excellent assistance.

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