Blog: March 2020
A big, targeted, immediate, global ﬁscal response is needed to minimize the macroeconomic fallout worldwide.
A cacophony of economists is now calling for “whatever it takes” on the fiscal because, notwithstanding the many steps to be taken on the monetary and financial sides, the core of the macroeconomic policy response to the pandemic has to be fiscal.
But exactly how much, when, how, how long, by whom? are not just “details, dear boy, details”. Absent specifics, such calls are mere grandstanding. It is time to get specific.
Expectations are high for the upcoming Budget to deliver on a number of ambitious promises – from ‘levelling up’ the UK economy to raising long-term growth and improving public services. After more than a decade of dismal pay growth – real-term earnings have only last month returned to levels last reached in 2008 – British workers may wonder whether the Budget will help improve pay.