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Julia Coronado, president and founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, joins EconoFact Chats this week to describe how she and her team organize their thinking and analysis of the U.S. economy at a time when the pandemic has disrupted the conventional models and rules of thumb that forecasters traditionally use. She discusses how the unprecedented federal financial support provided to many households could mean that we are less likely to see some of the lingering negative effects that have persisted after previous downturns. At the same time, Julia notes that other changes brought about by the pandemic may prove more lasting, bringing about shifts in the composition of the labor force, worker productivity, and consumer preferences.

The podcast concludes with Julia reflecting on her experiences as a woman in a field traditionally dominated by men.