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The road to COVID recovery: Weighing up costs, benefits, and intergenerational fairness

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The road to COVID recovery: Weighing up costs, benefits, and intergenerational fairness

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 12-1pm - Online Event

The UK, like many other countries, has once again chosen ‘lock down’ as a means of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and saving lives. But is there another way?

Join Andrew Oswald and Thijs van Rens to discuss the policy design for UK recovery from the pandemic, the ethics of locking down and the problem of intergenerational unfairness.

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Even with the recent good news of a vaccine on the horizon, restrictions to our lifestyle as we once knew it are likely to continue for a significant time to come. The impact of the lockdowns has been severe, particularly on the young; affecting education, jobs and future prosperity. Effects on mental health may have significant long-term implications.

This talk will consider the delicate balance policymakers face – between physical health, mental health and the health of the economy – and discuss possible ways to release parts of the labour force while continuing to suppress the virus.


Chair: Mirko Draca, CAGE Director
Speakers: Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, University Warwick, Thijs van Rens, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Warwick