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Joint Seminar in Macroeconomics - Enrique G. Mendoza - Universiy of Pennsylvania

A Macroeconomic Model of Healthcare Saturation, Inequality and the Output-Pandemia Tradeoff

Catégorie : conférence/cours/séminaire (spécialisé)
Date : 01/04/2021 16:30 - 01/04/2021 18:00
Lieu : Via TEAMS
Orateur(s) : Enrique G. Mendoza
Organisateur(s) : Romain Houssa


COVID-19 became a global health emergency when it threatened the catastrophic collapse of health systems as demand for health goods and services and their relative prices surged. Governments responded with lockdowns and increases in transfers. Empirical evidence shows that lockdowns and healthcare saturation contribute to explain the cross-country variation in GDP drops even after controlling for COVID-19 cases and mortality. We explain this output-pandemia tradeoff as resulting from a shock to subsistence health demand that is larger at higher capital utilization in a model with entrepreneurs and workers. The health system moves closer to saturation as the gap between supply and subsistence narrows, which worsens consumption and

income inequality. An externality distorts utilization, because firms do not internalize that lower utilization relaxes healthcare saturation. The optimal policy response includes lockdowns and transfers to workers.  Quantitatively, strict lockdowns and large transfer hikes can be optimal and yield sizable welfare gains because they prevent a sharp rise in inequality. Welfare and output costs vary in response to small parameter changes  or deviations from optimal policies. Weak lockdowns coupled with weak transfers programs are the worst alternative and yet are in line with what several emerging and least developed countries have implemented

Organized by: Peter Claeys (VUB), Pierrick Clerc (ULiège), Ferre De Graeve (KU Leuven), Romain Houssa (UNamur), Robert Kollmann (ULB), Yasin Kursat Önder (UGent), Luca Pensieroso (UCLouvain), Roland Winkler (UAntwerpen) and Raf Wouters (NBB)

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