Impacts of COVID-19 and the Outlook for an Economic Recovery in 2021 – Insights from the OECD

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Recorded on 12/01/2020

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The latest OECD Economic Outlook containing analysis and projections for 37 member countries and other major economies will be published on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 

After collapsing in the first half of the year, economic output recovered swiftly following the easing of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and the initial re-opening of businesses. But as the summer wore on, the pace of recovery lost momentum. Now, amid renewed virus outbreaks in many economies and containment measures being re-introduced, the outlook remains highly uncertain. 

Join OECD iLibrary, the OECD Economics Department, and Choice/ACRL for a presentation of the latest Economic Outlook for the United States and other key economies, followed by a conversation with OECD and U.S. economists on the effect of the ongoing pandemic on the economy, and what recovery looks like in 2021 after a vaccine is widely available. 

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    Patrick Lenain

    Assistant Director, Country Studies Branch, Economics DepartmentOECD

    Mr. Lenain leads a team of economists recommending better policies to the governments of Australia, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Malaysia, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. He is also a co-manager of the OECD Global Forum on Productivity and organizes the periodic OECD Ministerial Summits on Productivity in Latin America and in Asia. Prior to the OECD, Mr. Lenain spent 15 years at the IMF where he served as the Senior IMF Resident Representative in Kyiv, Ukraine and a Deputy Division Head. He also served as Senior Advisor to the French Treasury and the European Commission. Mr. Lenain is adjunct Professor of Economics at Université de Paris Est. He has co-authored five books on macroeconomics and international economics. He has published in leading economic journals and frequently speaks on a wide range of economic policy challenges. He holds an M.A. in econometrics and PhD in economics from Université de Paris-Dauphine.

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    Ben Westmore

    Head of United States and Australia Desk, Economics DepartmentOECD

    Mr. Westmore is currently a Deputy Head of Division in the Country Studies Branch of the Economics Department and is the Head of the United States and Australia desk. He has previously been Head of the Japan, Ireland and Portugal desks in the department. Before joining the OECD, he held positions as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and in the financial sector.

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