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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 presented a series of six public lectures for Cambridge Alumni. Recordings of each talk presented can be found below.

The Economics Alumni webinar series will resume in the autumn. Questions and feedback about the series should be directed to


Past webinars


Professor Anna Vignoles and Dr Christopher Rauh

Inequalities in Education and Labour Market Outcomes Under COVID, Friday 19 June 2020

Professor Anna Vignoles discussed her research on education inequalities and what Covid means for attainment. Dr Christopher Rauh sharded his findings on inequalities in labour market outcomes in the UK, US and Germany under Covid.



Dr Sriya Iyer and Dr Weilong Zhang

How do Personal Attributes Affect an Individual's Engagement with Society Under COVID?, Friday 12 June 2020

Dr Sriya Iyer examined the role of religion in pandemics, and how religiosity might interact with health concerns in the current crisis. Dr Weilong Zhang discussed how people with different personality traits may engage differently in containment measures, and the associations between personality traits and labour market outcomes in a pandemic situation.



Dr Flavio Toxvaerd and Professor Oliver Linton

Integrating Economics into Epidemiological Approaches, Friday 5 June 2020

Dr Flavio Toxvaerd discussed the reasons why people spontaneously engage in social distancing, how these decisions shape the spread of infection in the population, and the role that individual behaviour should have in formulating policies to contain the epidemic. Professor Oliver Linton discussed the application of a new quadratic time trend model to data on 191 countries from the European CDC to predict the peak in new cases or new deaths in large countries.



Dr Christopher Rauh and Dr Matthew Elliot

The Firms and Jobs Most Impacted by COVID, Friday 29 May 2020

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

Social capital, political leadership and COVID, Friday 22 May 2020

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

Mitigating Macroeconomic Meltdown, Friday 15 May 2020

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.