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Navigating the Vaccination Phase of Pandemic Economy

When and how to relax strict social-distancing and lockdown policies remain open questions. Can we reach herd immunity or is this goal still necessary? How far are we from normalcy, and what kind of “new normal” will that be? The Luohan Academy’s Pandemic Economy Tracking (PET) project has developed a new indicator, namely the effective population immunity rates (EIR), to help answer such questions. It aims to inform decision-making by policy makers and the general public in this vaccination phase of the pandemic economy. We tracked changes to the vital signs of the pandemic economy before and during vaccination, such as death rates, positivity rate of tests, mobility, and policy stringency across a number of countries, especially the frontrunners in the vaccination race.

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Understanding Big Data: Data Calculus In The Digital Era

Our annual report that attempts to answer questions on data and privacy in the digital era.

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Measuring and Tracking the Global Pandemic Economy

As the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, we are now in a pandemic economy. How to measure the trade-offs between the pandemic and the economy as well as tracking them in a precise and timely manner is key for all major decisions from community to global levels. Luohan Academy is launching a global Pandemic Economic Tracking project (PET) to help understand the general patterns, the status of the countries in the pandemic economy, the challenges that can be expected, and the key choices to help make decisions. Initially as the online PET platform goes live, we track 131 economies, all at various phases of the pandemic economy.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Shocks, Global Transmission and Vulnerabilities

A precondition for calibrating the right doses of monetary and fiscal stimuli consistent with the ongoing campaign of COVID-19 containment is a better understanding of the nature of COVID-19 pandemic and other shocks, as well as the channels through which such shocks propagate within and across the borders. This report disentangles the major shocks during the COVID-19 crisis and examines the strengths of various cross-border transmission channels of the shocks and their real and financial consequences. It emphasizes the main short-term challenges as well as longer-term vulnerabilities.

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Jumpstarting Recovery Amid the COVID-19 Epidemic

This report reviews the recent developments in China’s all-out efforts in containing the virus and achieving epidemic control, as well as the status of the country’s job and economic recoveries. As the contagion has slowed its pace, especially outside Hubei Province, the issue of economic recovery has gained priority. We focus on the epidemic’s impact on China’s consumption and on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME).

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Slow Recovery as COVID-19 Goes Global

During the past 10 days, there have been significant new developments in the global Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The number of new cases rose sharply in Iran, Italy and South Korea, business and consumer confidences sank across the world. Global equity markets suffered sharp declines, as implied volatility indices jumped. Besides its potentially dire consequences for the Chinese economy in the first quarter of 2020, now the virus is expected to have a major impact on global trade and investment. This note examines the recent developments in global financial markets, in China’s e-commerce, domestic and cross-border, as well as the progress made in terms of production resumption in the country, which is fundamental for jumpstarting growth.

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Digital Technology and Inclusive Growth

This report highlights potential positive impacts of digital technology on inclusive growth - growth that is broad-based and offers opportunities and protections for all. Throughout history, technological progress has always been the fundamental driver of progress, but the transition to new technology can be bumpy. Digital revolution is no exception, but it stands out from previous technological revolutions for two reasons: a low threshold for the adoption and penetration of digital technology, and the low use cost and non-rival nature of digitized information. These characteristics have profound implications for digital technology’s impact on inclusion.

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