Bonus Episode: “A Medically Induced Economic Coma”

Is the coronavirus a zero-sum game in which we must choose between saving lives and saving the economy? In this episode, we sit down with two experts to find out.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Thomas J. Bollyky
    Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development and Director of the Global Health Program
  • Sebastian Mallaby
    Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics

Show Notes

The Coronavirus pandemic changed our lives in a heartbeat. It has made us fear for our health, our loved ones, and our livelihoods. As the death toll rises, the return to normalcy seems to recede further and further away. Businesses have been asked to close for the foreseeable future, and millions are out of work. In this episode, we ask two experts to explain how fighting the virus can intersect with trying to save the U.S. economy.


From CFR 


Coronavirus: How Are Countries Responding to the Economic Crisis?” Jonathan Masters


After the Pandemic: Can the United States Finally Retool for the Twenty-First Century?”  Edward Alden


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The U.S. Shut Down Its Economy. Here’s What Needs to Happen in Order to Restart.New York Times 


Top economists are deriding the ‘false choice’ between saving lives from coronavirus and maximizing economic growth. Here’s why the situation isn’t so cut-and-dry.Business Insider 


Congress Is Knitting a Coronavirus Safety Net. It Already Has Big Holes.New York Times 


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The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should DoKurzgesagt


Covid-19: how bad will it be for the economy?Economist

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