Economic policy

Introducing Recession Remedies, a podcast on lessons learned from the economic policy response to COVID-19

Recession Remedies is a podcast about the economic policy response to COVID-19 and the lessons it holds for future recessions. In each episode, expert guests join host David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings, to assess a different aspect of the fiscal and monetary response. New episodes will be released weekly starting May 17.

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DAVID WESSEL: I’m David WESSEL, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. I’d like to introduce you to a new podcast series called Recession Remedies from the Hamilton Project and the Hutchins Center.

COVID-19 has of course been devastating in terms of human lives. It also posed a serious threat to the economy, which led to unprecedented economic policy by the federal government.

How successful has US government support been in supporting households and businesses? Did the increase in unemployment benefits deter people from looking for jobs when the pandemic subsided? What were the implications for children, housing, state and local governments? And most importantly, what lessons have we learned that policymakers should remember in the next downturn?

Join us for Recession Remedies as we answer these questions and more.

Recession Remedies is produced by the Brookings Podcast Network. You can download and listen to it on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. To learn more about our project, visit Brookings dot edu slash Recession Remedies.