Special Covid-19 Series, Issue #18

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Data: 23-11-2020

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Tematica: Action Institute

Hello, Action Institute Community!

While the COVID-19 pandemic is hurting the global economy, we at Action Institute aim at delivering a whole-rounded perspective, cutting through the noise.
Our weekly Special series approaches the effects of the virus from different perspectives: from medical facts to health policy, from economic policy to macroeconomic issues, from politics to financial markets, from technology to the impact on businesses, and more. We encourage our esteemed readers to provide us with feedback and suggestions.

This weekly issue proposes a selection of papers and articles focused on Social Impact.



“Society is unity in diversity.”, George Herbert Mead


 “The long-term effects of school closures” (, Nicola Fuchs-Schundeln, Dirk Krueger, Alexander Ludwig, Irina Popova, November 12th, 2020)
Whereas school closures have emerged as a popular measure to tackle the pandemic, their consequences may negatively affect new generations on the long-term.

 “COVID-19 could leave another generation of young people on the scrapheap” (Bruegel, Guntram B. Wolff, November 12th, 2020)
Just like the financial crisis a decade ago, the ongoing pandemic is destroying opportunities for young workers. The authors of this article urge national governments to support youth employment.

 “Tackling the inequality pandemic: is there a cure?” (Brookings, Zia Qureshi, November 17th, 2020)
The costs of the pandemic are disproportionately borne by poor segments of the society. Effective policies are needed to address both immediate and structural drivers of the growth of inequality.

 “The human costs of the pandemic: is it time to prioritize well-being?” (Brookings, Carol Graham, November 17th, 2020)
Besides the gruesome death toll, the human costs of the COVID-19 crisis also include emotional distress and a general decline in citizens’ well-being. This article suggests the importance of non-economic variables to sustain economies and societies.

 “How the Coronavirus risks exacerbating women’s political exclusion“(Carnegie, Saskia Brechenmacher, Caroline Hubbard, November 17th, 2020)
Even if media highlighted the effectiveness of female heads of state during the pandemic, the advances in women’s political inclusion have been halted by the ongoing crisis.

 “There is no money left’: southern Italy’s poor pummelled by Covid” (FT, Davide Ghiglione and Valentina Romei, November 16th, 2020)
Measures adopted to manage the COVID-19 outbreak have severely hit households’ income in Southern Italy. Despite the policies implemented by the Italian government, young and less qualified sections of population face an increasingly higher risk of poverty.

 “Gender difference in Covid-19 perception and compliance” (, Vincenzo Galasso, Vincent Pons, Paola Profeta, November 7th, 2020)
This column shows how men and women differ both in beliefs and behaviours concerning the compliance to lockdown measures.



Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of prices and jobs.

Herbert Hoover […]


Good health is essential to social and economical development and it empowers all of the public sectors.

World Health Organization […]


Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

Peter Drucker […]

Human Capital

Talent is a source from which water flows constantly renewed. But this source loses its value unless it is properly used.

Ludwig Wittgenstein […]