Economic damage could be worse without lockdown and social distancing – study

The worst thing for the economy would be not acting at all to prevent disease spread, followed by too short a lockdown, according to research based on US data.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 economics macroeconomic

Consumer spending is down. Will we continue to buy less stuff?

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping how—and how much—we shop, but will reduced consumer spending stick? Here's an expert take.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 economics money consumers featured society-and-culture

As the coronavirus interrupts global supply chains, people have an alternative – make it at home

The rush to make personal protective equipment like facemasks and face shields using 3D printers shows that the technology can help circumvent global supply chain disruptions.

Joshua M. Pearce, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 economics 3-d-printing global-economy diy global-supply-chains additive-manufacturing

Coronavirus is spreading through rural South’s high-risk population – reopening economies will make it worse

Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.

Meagen Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration, University of Mississippi • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus politics economics hospitals coronavirus-2020 rural-america rural commuting

Women bear brunt of coronavirus economic shutdown in UK and US

New data shows women and people who did not go to university are more likely to have lost work and earnings since mid-March.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 economics work gender-inequality

Economic activity has halved during Spain’s coronavirus lockdown, study suggests

Almost one and a half billion spending transactions reveal “real time” reactions of consumers in a major western economy during the nation’s peak pandemic period. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics spain

Younger workers hit harder by coronavirus economic shock in UK and US

In addition, those on low incomes are more likely to have lost jobs or pay, and less able to complete work tasks from home. Researchers warn the COVID-19 downturn is likely to “increase inequality between young and old”.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics employment

Workers under 30 hit harder by coronavirus economic shock in UK and US

In addition, those on low incomes are more likely to have lost jobs or pay, and less able to complete work tasks from home. Researchers warn the COVID-19 downturn is likely to “increase inequality between young and old”.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics employment

Spilled milk explains why we have economic downturns

New research connects economics and physics to get at why we have regular economic downturns—and how they're a lot like milk spilling on the floor.

Duke University • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics economics money science-and-technology milk

A business edge that comes with age

Economist Pierre Azoulay answers three questions about his finding that middle-aged entrepreneurs fare better than twentysomethings.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: economics research entrepreneurship sloan-school-of-management faculty 3-questions business-and-management

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