A Preliminary Assessment of the Possible Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak: Update

Pub. Date
27 March, 2020
Pub. Type

Main points

  • The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global economic shock. We provide an exploratory analysis of its impact on the global economy
  • The channels we focus on are a reduction in labour, a reduction in expenditure and investment, an increase in uncertainty, and a temporary shutdown in some sectors
  • Not accounting for substantial policy responses, the underlying impact on global GDP growth may be similar in magnitude to the financial crisis of 2008/9.