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Covid Second Wave – this time is different…mostly

So below we see the 7 day moving averages of daily new cases, deaths, hospitalisations and admissions to ICU. These are expressed as a % of the first wave peak.

Clearly this time is very differnet, thankfully. But, at a national level the response to a clearly very different situation is exactly the same.

Why is this time different, so far? A younger population is getting the disease, we are catching much more of it than in Spring so the case level is closer to true incidence, we have a culture of hand and respitatory hygine, travel in and around the county even absent lockdowns and so on is reduced, we know better how to treat the sick etc etc.

But the national policy response is the same – lock down, blame and scold the population, use the police as a threat; we dont have nuance we have a policy of …well I dont know what the policy is to be honest. Do you?

R – its only a data point.

So there is a LOT of panic and fear around this weekend. Again it is important to stand back and let the heads cool. NPHET have warned that “the R-number, or the reproductive rate of the virus, has increased above 1 to potentially as high as 1.8” and Bad Things might happen. Well… maybe

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What if…we have already “crushed the curve”?

Back at the start of this pandemic we were told (quite correctly) that the main aim of the restrictions to liberty and commerce was to buy time. We were (quite corectly) told that there was a danger of an out of control surge overwhelming the health system. Particular concern was raised about ICU bed shortages with a crash effort being made to upgrade that bottleneck.

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Pandemics and Tourist Travel – Outbound considerations

There is a lot, one might even suggest a concerted, effort being made to deter Irish people from taking foreign holidays this year. The stated reason is that tourist travel might import Covid, which we want to avoid as much as possible of course. Notably the example given on not travellign abroad was related to Iraq, that known tourist hotspot.   Does this advice stack up?

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Call for Papers : COVID-19 and the Real-Financial Economy link : A special issue in International Review of Economics and Finance

UPDATE: We have confirmation that papers published in this Special Issue will be free to access for at least 6 months, as part of Elsevier’s response to COVID.

COVID19 has thrown a very stark harsh light on the globally interconnected economy.  When this crisis passes there will be an opportunity for reflection on the financial and economic interconnectedness we have grown, its strengths and weaknesses. Economic and Finance academics can and should address this, from a basis of evidence and analysis, hence this call for papers. 
This special issue of International Review of Economics and Finance seeks papers that address this challenge, in particular the following issues, but please also contact us as Editors-in-Chief if you have another paper or idea and wish to check its suitability. Note that papers submitted for this SI will have submission fees waived. Submit here , from 29 March, selecting the article type COVID19:  https://www.editorialmanager.com/iref/default.aspx , before 21/June 2020

We are especially interested in papers that explore

  • Contagion loops between the real and the financial economy in the pandemic
  • Government-bank relationships in the pandemic 
  • The spatial dimensions and financial geography of banking and finance in a pandemic
  • The economic and financial geography of the pandemic 
  • Emergent paradigms in monetary economics, corporate funding and international trade
  • Resilience and strength in global trade and trade financing
  • Financing along the supply chain – strengths and weaknesses and its future
  • Economic and financial lessons from history for the post-pandemic world

Please however feel free to contact us at blucey at tcd dot ie or chen at udayton dot edu should you wish to run an idea past us . Please note: in line with the aims and objectives of the journal all papers should explicitly take an international perspective

Brian Lucey and Carl Chen, Editors in Chief, International Review of Economics and Finance

Call for Papers : Covid-19 and International Finance: a Special Issue of International Review of Financial Analysis

UPDATE: We have confirmation that papers published in this Special Issue will be free to access for at least 6 months, as part of Elsevier’s response to COVID.

While we all grapple with the immediate crisis caused by the Covid-19 panic, at some stage the world will emerge from this. That new world will require a functioning, albeit perhaps different, international economic and financial system. As finance academics we can aid in this, analysing what went wrong, what right, what we need to build up and what to sideline in finance, post pandemic.

This special issue of International Review of Financial Analysis seeks papers that address this challenge, in particular the following issues, but please also contact me as Editor-in-Chief if you have another paper or idea and wish to check its suitability. Note that papers submitted for this SI will have submission fees waived. Submit here , selecting the article type COVID19 , https://www.editorialmanager.com/FINANA/default.aspx , before 21/June 2020

We are especially interested in papers that explore

  • The performance, interlinkages and spillovers of financial and financialised assets during the pandemic
  • The role, or lack of same, of safe havens, hedges and other assets in the pandemic
  • The spatial dimensions and financial geography of banking and finance in a pandemic
  • Alternative investments and new financial assets in the pandemic
  • Emergent paradigms towards new forms of insurance, portfolio protection and downside risk protection
  • Where might corporate financing evolve post pandemic?
  • Financial market incentives, financialisation and medicine.
  • Financing along the supply chain – strengths and weaknesses and its future
  • Financial lessons from history for the post pandemic world

Please however feel free to contact me at blucey at tcd dot ie should you wish to run an idea past me . Please note: in line with the aims and objecives of the journal all papers should explicitly take an international perspective.