Governments are starting to ease restrictions to economic activity.
The risks of easing these measures too soon, or in misguided ways, are obvious, not only for public health but also for the economy. A world with no lockdown and a pandemic spreading rapidly through the population does not make for a healthy economy. Neither, in all likelihood, does a world in which containment measures have to be repeatedly reinstated after being eased prematurely or in suboptimal ways.
In this episode we speak to Rachel Griffith, Research Director of the IFS and Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, and Robert Joyce, Deputy Director at the IFS and Head of the Income, Work and Welfare sector, and ask how can the UK government get people back to work?