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https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/09/unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-normal-economy-is-never-coming-back/

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The Normal Economy Is Never Coming Back
As the coronavirus lockdown began, the first impulse was to search for historical analogies-1914, 1929, 1941? As the weeks have ground on, what has come ever more to the fore is the historical novelty of the shock that we are living through. The economy is currently in something akin to free fall.

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Economic Free Fall

Economic Free Fall

The current pandemic has led to an economic free fall which is unparalleled in history. In the US alone, the unemployment rate plummeted at such a speed that more than 10 million have claimed unemp...

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The Lockdown: U.S.

The Pandemic Lockdown in the U.S. directly affects the livelihood of a shocking 80% of American workers who work in retail, real estate, education, entertainment and restaurants.
Many of these o...

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The Lockdown: Europe And Asia

  • In Europe, The north of Italy, which is the main tourist hub, is seeing a collapse in economic activity, along with Germany, which is falling at a steeper rate than the Unit...

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Injecting Life

Countries are opening up their purse strings and providing stimulus packages and concessions to boost the economy, but these measures will show results after months and may not be enough.

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Falling Consumption

Falling consumption has resulted in 70 percent of Americans losing their income in March, and for many that loss can lead to long-term hardship and suffering.

There is an 88 percent decrea...

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The World In Lockdown

The World In Lockdown

A long period of Lockdown can lead to deep scarring of the economy with a slow recovery, but as there is a risk of a second wave of infections once this dies down, these movement restrictions w...

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Dangerous Financial Measures

Many banks are in effect printing money, something that is unprecedented and points towards the extremity of the problem. These measures will lead to complications and politics sooner rather than l...

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