UCL Department of Economics


COVID-19 Podcasts and Videos

Watch and listen to the Department's research and insight into the coronavirus pandemic


Coronavirus: The Whole Story - How do we build pandemic resilience?

A UCL Minds podcast featuring Professor Sir Richard Blundell.

March 2021

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This week, we speak to two UCL experts to find out what we can do to help mitigate the long-term harms of coronavirus and reduce the risk of future pandemics. In this episode, we ask: how long will the impacts of COVID-19 last - and will we start seeing many more pandemics in future?

Rethinking economics in the light of COVID
and other crises 

A webinar hosted by the International Science Council, featuring Wendy Carlin 

January 2021

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This not-to-be missed webinar highlights some of the pressing matters on rethinking economic science and can now be watched online. The webinar fostered insightful discussion from leading economic thinkers on today’s global challenges, and would benefit teachers and professors of economic science, or anyone working in the field of economics, think tanks, intergovernmental agencies and policy-making.

UCL Economics: Research Digest Ep 1: The impact of school closures on the spread of COVID-19 in Germany

A UCL Economics podcast featuring Ramin Nassehi and Fabien Postel-Vinay.

December 2020

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Our academics talk about the impact of school closures on the spread of coronavirus in Germany, covering the exciting research by Uta Schönberg, Kirill Borusyak and Clara von Bismarck-Osten.

UCL Economics: Research Digest Ep 2: COVID, work and mental health

A UCL Economics podcast featuring Ramin Nassehi and Fabien Postel-Vinay.

December 2020

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Ramin talks to Professor Fabien Postel-Vinay (UCL) about his research on work and mental health.

Shrinking capitalism and COVID 

An LSE CEPR webinar, featuring Wendy Carlin 

August 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic along with climate change has dramatized the obsolescence of the benchmark paradigm that still forms the basis of undergraduate teaching and popular discussion of economics. As was the case in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Great Depression a combination of new problems and new developments in economic theory provide the groundwork for a new paradigm. This would allow us to escape the limits of the government versus markets policy menu and encompass motivations beyond material gain and compliance with governmental authority to include ethical motivations of solidarity and duty that have underpinned successful anti-COVID policies.



The Impact of School Closures on Young Girls During an Epidemic 

A podcast featuring Imran Rasul 

August 2020

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Listen to Dr. Imran Rasul as he joins CERP Podcasts to talk about his research on the impact of school closures on young girls during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. He discusses the findings and their implications on policy making during the pandemic in the context of Pakistan. Dr. Imran Rasul is Professor of Economics at University College London. He is co-director ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Research Programme Director, Firms Portfolio, International Growth Centre (IGC).

Economic Policy during the Pandemic: A European Perspective 


A podcast by John HasslerMorten Ravn and Kjetil Storesletten 
June 2020

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Ideas@Work: Wendy Carlin on post-COVID economics

A podcast with Toby Shannan and Wendy Carlin 
June 2020

Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). She is leading an international project - the CORE project - to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum. The CORE project has produced an open-access e-book for a first course in economics, which is being used at UCL, Sciences Po, Toulouse School of Economics, Humboldt University and many other universities around the world. Her research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and the economics of transition. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the UK's Office for Budget Responsibility.


COVID-19: the impacts of the pandemic on inequality


An event with Xiaowei Xu and Richard Blundell
June 2020

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At this event, IFS researchers will discuss how COVID-19 has interacted with existing inequalities and consider the potential long-term legacy of the pandemic on inequality.


Capitalism after Coronavirus 2020: The Third Pole

A conversation with Luis Garicano and Wendy Carlin 
June 2020

In this new episode of #CapitalismAfterCoronavirus​ I talk with Wendy Carlin, professor of Economics at the University College of London, Ph.D. in Oxford. She is a fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an expert advisor to the UK Treasury and a founder of CORE, an organization that promotes a new approach to teaching economics. Her research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and the economics of transition. We talk about economics paradigms and the role of civil society.


The Coming Battle for the COVID-19 Narrative 

A Santa Fe Institute Multidisciplinary Webinar, featuring Wendy Carlin and Sam Bowles 
May 2020

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In this hour-long virtual discussion, Sam Bowles and Wendy Carlin will explore how the pandemic could change our economic narrative, expressing new everyday understandings of how the economy works and how it should work.


Public Health Alerts in a Pandemic 

A discussion with Imran Rasul and Elias Papaioannou 
May 2020

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Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Imran Rasul, Professor of Economics at University College London, to discuss how public health authorities can effectively relay information during the coronavirus pandemic.

How will COVID-19 change the way nations govern their economies and societies?

A podcast with Wendy Carlin, Gabriella Conti,Claudio Radaelli, Mike Seiferling and Jennifer Hudson.

May 2020

In this podcast, our speakers will address several important issues and questions, such as: whether we will see an overarching paradigm shift in economic policymaking; what patterns of learning among policymakers we can expect; how national health systems will respond; what role civil society will play in post-lockdown life; and what new roles can we expect for international organisations, such as the WHO, the IMF and the World Bank.