IEA – RES Policy Webinar: Developing Nations and COVID-19


The Royal Economic Society has launched a series of webinars focusing on the economic issues and policy solutions to the COVID-19 crisis.

We are pleased to confirm details of our second webinar, organised jointly with the International Economic Association. We will be streaming this webinar live via our YouTube channel. Advance registration is not required to view the stream. We aim to release a recording of the event on our website within 48 hours.


Thursday 23 April 2020, 3.30-4.45pm UK time

IEA – RES Policy Webinar: Developing Nations and COVID-19

Chair: Tim Besley

Panellists: Dani Rodrik, Haroon Bhorat, Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva, Ashwini Deshpande, Albert Zeufack

Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to hit developing nations with special force, given the low fiscal resources and poor health systems that prevail in low-income settings. While the need for significant international support has been widely acknowledged, rich nations are preoccupied by their own problems and the response to date has not been encouraging. The risk is that many of the gains in economic development reaped over recent decades may be undone. The panel, drawing on experts from different nations, will focus on the interface between the epidemiological and economic challenges and take stock of where policy responses stand.