Economic policies for the aftermath of COVID-19

George Papaconstantinou and Sebastian Diessner lay out key take-aways from a high-level discussion on economic policies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and the Social Contract: A Lesson from Sub-Saharan Africa

Political theorist and Max Weber Fellow, Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi examines compliance with COVID-19 restrictions among citizens in African countries, and locates high levels of cooperation in the mutual respect and obligation people feel towards each other, rather than to state governments.

Corona Solidarity

Survey data collected by YouGov in April 2020 indicate that, in this time of pandemic, Europeans are favourable to policies that support solidarity across the Union. Read the analysis by political scientists Björn Bremer and Philipp Genschel.

Learning from trade policy responses in the COVID-19 pandemic

International trade experts Bernard Hoekman, Matteo Fiorini and Aydin Yildirim urge countries to share information and pursue plurilateral agreements to guarantee supplies of crucial medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemics… the great leveler?

Sociologist Fabrizio Bernardi discusses how socio-economic status figures in as a risk factor for COVID-19.

EU and Covid-19: Time to think outside the box

If European leaders are to save the EU economy when they meet on April 23rd, they need to think outside the box.

Stopping COVID-19 without killing the world economy: a transition strategy

The world economy cannot survive the current social distancing for more than a few weeks. Read what these experts propose as a viable transition strategy to move the economy forward while containing COVID-19 as much as possible.