October 29, 2020

Fathom’s Recovery Watch Chart 28.10.2020: The shifting relationship between health and the economy

by Fathom Consulting.

According to standard economic theory, there exists a short-run trade-off between unemployment and inflation (such that scarcity of resources can lead to higher prices) but no such relationship exists in the long run (i.e. persistently higher inflation does not result in permanently lower unemployment). In a recent blog post, Oxford professor Simon Wren-Lewis argued that there is a similar relationship between the epidemiological and economic impacts of COVID-19; in his view, the reproduction/R rate of the virus can only be lowered in the short run through lockdowns (which entail a substantial economic cost). The introduction of effective track and trace processes, social distancing and face coverings are all likely to improve outcomes by ‘shifting it to the left’ — (i.e. facilitating a lower R rate for a given hit to the economy or a better economic outcome for a given R rate). Either outcome would constitute a (Pareto) improvement relative to outcomes in the first half of 2020.


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