EconoFact Chats

State and Local Finances During the COVID-19 Crisis

By and ·August 3, 2020
American Enterprise Institute, and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

This podcast was recorded on July 16th, 2020.

State and local finances have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 1.5 million city and state employees losing their jobs since February, and numerous cities slashing spending on police, firemen, parks, sanitation services and other expenditures as revenues

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The Politics of Pandemics

By and ·July 24, 2020
Harvard University and Fletcher School, Tufts University

Beyond the obvious effects on health and the economy, COVID-19 has also had an effect on politics; and, in turn, politics has affected the spread of the disease and its economic consequences. In this episode of EconoFact Chats, Michael Klein and Jeffry Frieden at Harvard discuss the links between politics and economics

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U.S. Fiscal Policy and the Current State of the Economy

By and ·July 16, 2020
University of California, Berkeley and Fletcher School, Tufts University

The government’s budget deficit is forecast to be nearly 18% this year, and government debt is expected to grow to more than 100% of GDP, its highest level since the end of World War II. Should the government cut spending to address the ballooning debt? Or, in the face of the highest unemployment rates since the

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Recovering from the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

By and ·June 11, 2020
Wellesley College and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

We are now in the acute economic phase of a crisis that is unprecedented in modern times — a health crisis from the coronavirus pandemic that has sparked a follow-on economic crisis. In this inaugural episode of EconoFact Chats, Dan Sichel at Wellesley College speaks with EconoFact's Executive Editor Michael Klein
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