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Our Coronavirus Research and Commentary

Faculty from the Department of Economics are engaging with the economic and social issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic through their research.

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Dynamic impacts of lockdown on domestic violence: Evidence from multiple policy shifts in Chile (December 2021)

In this working paper, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and colleagues investigate the effects of lockdown on domestic violence in Chile. They find that instances of domestic violence increased during lockdown, yet reporting decreased. The researchers identify male job loss as a factor driving domestic violence, while female job loss is linked to decreased reporting.

CAGE Policy Report: Economic challenges and success in the post-COVID era (November 2021)

A new CAGE policy report offers insight into the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the UK economy. CAGE research associates assess the challenges presented by the pandemic and the prospects for positive change, including the impact of the pandemic on the labour market, the housing market, on individual wellbeing, and on the role of London as a global financial centre.

Measuring the impact of a false negative test (November 2021)

In a new paper, Professor Thiemo Fetzer estimates the impact of an error at a COVID-19 testing lab, in which 43,000 people infected with the virus mistakenly received negative test results. The research estimates that every false negative COVID-19 case is likely to have caused between 0.6 to 1.6 additional infections in the subsequent weeks. The research was featured in The Economist.

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Saturday 22 May 2021

The Times: How could a wealth tax work in the UK?
Assistant Professor Arun Advani's (Department of Economics, Warwick) proposal through the Wealth Tax Commission to have a one-off UK wealth tax is discussed in this Sunday Times article.

Monday 1 March 2021

UK Parliament Treasury Committee Report: Twelfth Report - Tax after coronavirus
Assistant Professor Arun Advani (Department of Economics, Warwick) presents evidence of a one-off wealth tax as head of the ‘Wealth Tax Commission’ that has been published by the Treasury Select Committee.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

BBC Radio 4: You and Yours: Student Accommodation; Post-pandemic Spending; Broadband
Professor Andrew Oswald (Department of Economics, Warwick) is interviewed live about the UK economic recovery after the pandemic.

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