COVID-19’s shock for emerging economies

May 29, 2020, 12:12 PM

COVID-19 is by far the biggest challenge policymakers in emerging economies have had to deal with in recent history.

The pandemic is hurting emerging economies in at least three ways: by locking down their populations, damaging their export earnings and deterring foreign capital. Even if the pandemic will fade in the second half of the year, gdp in developing countries, measured at purchasing-power parity, will be 6.6% smaller in 2020 than the IMF had forecast in October.

In this episode we dig into the topic and sketch the possible tools that emerging economies can use to face the liquidity crisis. The conversation presents the analysis of the authors of a Bruegel Policy Contribution the topic.

Episode's guests:
Alicia Garcia Herrero, senior fellow at Bruegel
Elina Ribakova, deputy chief economist of the Institute for International Finance

Hosted by:
Giuseppe Porcaro, head of outreach and governance at Bruegel