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Principles or practical rules?

Date: 01/08/2020 Author(s): Alfredo Pastor Document type: Non-refereed article A balanced budget: is it a moral obligation or a rule of thumb? To what extent should it steer an economic recovery during the pandemic caused by COVID-19? More information

Globalization, diversification and COVID-19

Date: 01/07/2020 Author(s): Manuel Mueller-Frank Document type: Non-refereed article Our economic and financial systems are not built to deal with correlation. That was a problem for the 2008-09 financial crisis, but it's even more of a problem with COVID-19. How might we plan better this time around? More information

Facing the present to prepare for the future

Date: 01/07/2020 Author(s): Núria Mas Document type: Non-refereed article To overcome the crisis caused by COVID-19, we must strengthen our health system and invest in economic transformation, while empowering people for the jobs of the future. More information

10 basic ideas to understand the crisis that follows COVID-19 Premium

Date: 01/05/2020 Author(s): Juan José Toribio Document type: Non-refereed article We are facing the first truly global economic shock, hitting both supply and demand. Overcoming it will require more than just monetary and fiscal measures: a proportional reduction in individual income may help, if managed well. More information Read related article

How to live in an indebted economy

Date: 01/05/2020 Author(s): Antonio Argandoña Document type: Non-refereed article Government policies have aimed to tackle both the pandemic and the economic crisis simultaneously. In the short term, this means taking on public debt, which markets are currently paying little attention to. But over the medium and long term, new measures will be required to ensure the stability of public accounts. More information

Where do we go from here? Economic scenarios

Date: 01/04/2020 Author(s): Núria Mas Document type: Non-refereed article How will the economic impact of COVID-19 be felt? With so many unknowns, simulations based on varying assumptions can help leaders prepare for whatever might be next. Here are a few things to look at for the year ahead. More information

What do we have to lose? Risk compensation during a pandemic

Date: 01/04/2020 Author(s): Eduard Talamàs Document type: Non-refereed article In the race to get COVID-19 under control, should we roll out a new vaccine that's perfectly safe but only partially effective? Not so fast: if the less-than-optimal vaccine encourages risky behavior, it may end up causing more harm than good. More information Read related article

Emerging economies on brink of default

Date: 01/04/2020 Author(s): Pedro Videla Document type: Non-refereed article With dollar-denominated debt and weakened local currencies, many emerging economies need international assistance now to avoid defaults. If international institutions don't help, we'll come to question them in this crisis and beyond. More information

What's weighing on economic growth expectations for 2020

Date: 01/02/2020 Author(s): Javier Díaz Giménez; IESE Insight Document type: Opinion (Video)


The coronavirus outbreak and U.S. presidential elections are currently major concerns for economists globally. Within Europe, talk turns to Brexit, trade disruptions, as well as Spain's new deficit path, ...
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How large is the disruption in banking?

Date: 01/02/2020 Author(s): Xavier Vives Document type: Non-refereed article Profitability concerns, fintech growth and the potential reach of Big Tech are reshaping banking. The case of China, where Alibaba's Ant Financial is permeating almost every aspect of consumers' lives, exemplifies this digital disruption. More information
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