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Dealing with the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic – what are the fiscal options?

Gene Ambrocio and John Juselius

No 2/2020, BoF Economics Review from Bank of Finland

Abstract: The main problem facing policymakers during the corona virus pandemic is how to mitigate its humanitarian and economic costs. Doing so invariably involves trading off some costs against others as well as short-term against longer-term consequences. We provide an overview of economic literature that is relevant for understanding these trade-offs in the context of the current pandemic. We also discuss a range of fiscal measures that can be adopted with the aim of achieving the preferred trade-offs at lowest cost.

Keywords: pandemics; economic costs; COVID-19; fiscal policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H12 H81 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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