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By Mehdi Farooq 09-06-2020
In: podcasts | COVID-19 Economics

World vs Virus, Niall Ferguson – A Historian’s View (World Economic Forum)

(18 min listen)
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Summary (You can listen to the podcast by clicking here)

  • Throughout history, humans have learnt to adapt. “I don’t think we should assume there’ll be a post-COVID-19 era, any more than there’s a post-influenza era, or a post-tuberculosis era, or a post-AIDS era.”
  • The Economic historian is not in the V-shaped recovery camp and instead sees ‘’high-speed depression’’. With the combination of reduced production and demand destruction, he believes the shock will be deflationary.
  • Deglobalization was already underway with the rise of populist governments and protectionist policies – the pandemic will accelerate this.
  • Small economies (i.e. Taiwan, Israel, New Zealand) will emerge as winners. Large economies (i.e. the US) will suffer diseconomies of scale. For example, bigger borders make it challenging to keep the virus out
  • “Cold-War II” between the US and China is now a reality.

[Bearish Global recovery]