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Cambridge-INET Institute   COVID-19 Economic Research


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented arguably the most significant economic shock in over 100 years. Mitigating economic damage while protecting the health of citizens requires entirely new economic thinking. At the Faculty of Economics, our research continues to address these important global challenges. Organised by Dr Meredith Crowley, the Cambridge-INET COVID Economics Alumni webinar presents a public lecture series for Cambridge Alumni.

The series will be hosted on Zoom and launch on Friday 15 May at 1pm BST, with two 15-minute talks, followed by 20 minutes of moderated Q&A. Recordings of the talks presented at each webinar will be made available on this page shortly after broadcast.

Please visit to register. All registrants for the opening webinar on 15th May will be automatically enrolled in the full series. It is not necessary to sign up for each individual lecture on Eventbrite.

Questions about the webinar series should be directed to


Upcoming webinars



Dr Flavio Toxvaerd and Professor Oliver Linton

Friday 5 June 2020, 13:00 BST: Integrating economics into epidemiological approaches

Dr Flavio Toxvaerd and Professor Oliver Linton will discuss the importance of integrating economics into the epidemiological approach to pandemics.


Further webinar dates to be confirmed.

Past webinars


Dr Christopher Rauh and Dr Matthew Elliot

Friday 29 May 2020, 13:00 BST: The Firms and Jobs Most Impacted by COVID

This webinar included talks by Dr Christopher Rauh where he examined which workers have been most likely to lose their jobs, and Dr Matthew Elliott who discussed new methods to help policymakers locate key supply chain bottleneck.



Professor Diane Coyle and Dr Tiago Cavalcanti

Friday 22 May 2020, 13:00 BST: Social capital, political leadership and COVID

In the second webinar in the series, Social capital, political leadership and COVID, Professor Diane Coyle discussed the role of social capital in the economy during the pandemic. This was followed by a talk from Dr Tiago Cavalcanti on the impact of a leader’s attitude on individual health and the healthcare systems of a nation.



Professor Vasco Carvalho and Professor Giancarlo Corsetti

Friday 15 May 2020, 13:00 BST: Mitigating Macroeconomic Meltdown

The first webinar, Mitigating Macroeconomic Meltdown, includes talks by Professor Vasco Carvalho, examining the COVID crisis through the lens of 1.4 billion transactions, and Professor Giancarlo Corsetti looking at how mandated social isolation policies can help to mitigate the decline in overall economic activity.