Wouter Den Haan's picture
Affiliation: 
London School of Economics
Credentials: 
Professor of economics

Voting history

Covid-19: Economic Policy Response

Question 2: Which of the following would have the second greatest impact in mitigating the economic effects of the coronavirus economic crisis in the UK?

Answer:
Government transfers to and bailouts of businesses
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
To avoid long-term negative consequences, t is essential that we keep the economy's business network intact. To ensure this the first step is to offer credit support to survive a period of revenue reductions. However, when the revenues will be low for a sustained period, then more direct support/transfers will be necessary since the built up debt will not be sustainable.

Question 3: Which would be the maximal public debt you would be willing to tolerate if used effectively (as in your answers to 1 and 2 above) to support an economic recovery?

Answer:
>140% of GDP
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
whatever it takes

Question 1: Which of the following would have the greatest impact in mitigating the economic effects of the coronavirus economic crisis?

Answer:
Government credit support for businesses
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
To avoid long-term negative consequences, t is essential that we keep the economy's business network intact. To ensure this the first step is to offer credit support to survive a period of revenue reductions. However, when the revenues will be low for a sustained period, then more direct support/transfers will be necessary since the built up debt will not be sustainable.

The UK Productivity Puzzle

Question 4: Which of the following policies would be your second choice of policy to boost private sector productivity, in addition to or absent your first choice?

Answer:
Investments in human capital including education and job retraining.
Confidence level:
Confident

In the last two questions you are asked which government policies are best suited to help the UK emerge from its productivity growth slowdown. Question 3 asks for your most preferred policy option, while question 4 asks for your second choice. You may use the comment section to outline specific policy recommendations.

Question 3: Which of the following policies would best help improve private sector productivity?

Answer:
Regulatory and competition policies, possibly including financial regulation
Confidence level:
Confident

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