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Coronavirus: The economic crisis

Just how bad will the downturn be and can anything be done to soften the blow?

People around the world are facing severe economic problems because of the coronavirus.. The global shutdown has sent stock prices plunging as workers and customers stay at home. The world’s governments are having to mount an economic response unimaginable just weeks ago. The US has promised close to a trillion dollars of stimulus money. In Europe - the French government is adding a fifty billion dollar economic aid package to the three hundred and thirty billion dollars of loan guarantees for banks. The UK has unveiled similar measures. But will it be enough? The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio has likened the impact of the outbreak to the Great Depression. So, who in the economy is most vulnerable, what measures will make a difference – and have policy makers failed to prepare the world for a crisis of this magnitude? Join Ritula Shah and a panel of expert guests as they discuss the impact of coronavirus on the global economy.

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53 minutes


Stephanie Flanders - head of Bloomberg Economics

Yanis Varoufakis - Greek economist, politician, secretary-general of DiEM25 who also served as Greek finance minister during 2015

Linda Yueh - economist and author of the book: 'The Great Economists'

Veronique de Rugy - a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Washington DC


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Alistair Darling - British Chancellor of the Exchequer during the 2008 financial crisis


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