Understanding the Global Economic Impact of COVID-19

Part of our webcast series, "SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19"

The coronavirus pandemic is causing profound economic upheaval and spurring contentious disagreement about how to balance the management of both the global health care crisis and the consequent financial crisis. Join us for a conversation with experts about balancing the trade-offs on health vs. the economy, some of the short- and long-term solutions, and what kinds of lasting changes to the global economy we might expect to see.


  • Lisa D. Cook is a professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on economic growth and development, financial institutions and markets, innovation, and economic history. As a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the 2011–2012 academic year, Cook worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • Kathleen Day is a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School who specializes in financial crises and how they spread; corporate governance; and business communication, particularly during crises. A Washington Post business reporter for more than two decades, she is also author of Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street (2019).
  • Matthew E. Kahn, moderator, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business and the director of the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of several books, including Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (2006) and Climatopolis (2010) and co-author of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (2009) and Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (2016).

About SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19

As coronavirus spreads across the country and around the globe, we are facing a crisis not just in healthcare, but also in how we live, work, learn, engage, and come together to govern ourselves as citizens and in communities.

How do the politics of the pandemic shape the way individual, communities, and institutions respond? Likewise, how does institutional and governmental response to the pandemic shape people’s political views and behaviors? Do people trust what their governments are telling them? Why are some countries controlling the spread of the virus better than others? In the U.S., how will this affect the 2020 elections? And how do we practice social distancing and also protect and promote civic engagement and inclusive discourse?

SNF Agora Institute will host a series of webcast conversations, with experts from Johns Hopkins University and beyond, that will explore the political and policy implications of COVID-19.