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  Principles or practical rules?

Alfredo Pastor 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? Read article

  Facing the present to prepare for the future

Núria Mas 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. Read article

  Globalization, diversification and COVID-19

Manuel Mueller-Frank 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? Read article

  COVID-19 crisis to alter banks' business models

E. Carletti; Stijn Claessens; Antonio Fatás; Xavier Vives Looking ahead, the banking sector is likely to need a deep restructuring, according to Xavier Vives and coauthors of The Bank Business Model in the Post-COVID-19 World, the second report in the IESE-CEPR series on the future of banking. Read article

  How to live in an indebted economy

Antonio Argandoña 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. Read article

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

Juan José Toribio 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. Read article

  Roadmap for reviving the Spanish economy after the pandemic

Simón Pedro Barceló; J.F. Corona; Marc Puig; Antonio Argandoña; Jordi Canals; Javier Díaz Giménez; Franz Heukamp; Núria Mas; Pedro Nueno; Alfredo Pastor; Juan José Toribio; Pedro Videla; Xavier Vives Trust, collaboration and an international perspective are three key concepts for the recovery, according to a report prepared by IESE and the Institute of Family Business that analyzes how to maintain employment, preserve the productive framework and support viable companies. Read article

  Emerging economies on brink of default

IESE Insight 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. Read article

  Political economy, or economic politics?

Pedro Videla Income inequality is a hot topic in the U.S. political debates. But has the income of the top 1% actually soared? Taking a closer look at some widely cited statistics is enough to raise some serious doubts. Read article

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

Eduard Talamas 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. Read article
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