In the current economic situation, the lack of macroeconomic response from the fiscal policy could exacerbate the resulting path of the menacing economic slowdown.
Just as encouraging social distancing can help slow down the progress of the virus and flatten the curve of affected people, an effective macroeconomic response from the government is necessary to flatten the negative curve of the economic weakening due to the extraordinary and temporary situation during the virus outbreak.
The example of China, which is gradually re-launching economic activity after 1.5 months of strict preventive measures against the virus, is an important reminder that the economic shock can be temporary and hence requires effective bridging measures especially for small and medium-sized companies, as well as for self-employed tradesmen.
18. Mar 2020 at 13:48 | Vladimír Vaňo