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Whither after COVID-19 and Brexit

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Whither after COVID-19 and Brexit

A Social Science Perspective


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Good policies could manage the dual impacts of Brexit and COVID-19 on the British economy.

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The year 2020 was difficult for the United Kingdom, as it grappled both with the coronavirus and its departure from the European Union. In this incisive briefing, policy expert Jagjit S. Chadha says Britain’s path to recovery rests on understanding how its policy responses to the events of 2020 could have been better. Offering principles for government strategies that achieve resilient and robust economic outcomes, Chadha also advocates for a greater use of the social sciences in public policy formation, implementation and communication.


Great Britain is suffering the compound effects of the coronavirus and Brexit.

Forecasters project that the United Kingdom’s national income will suffer a permanent drop of between 5% and 8% from the dual shocks of COVID-19 and Brexit. The pandemic lockdowns caused a steep decline in GDP, and the government has shifted its attention and assistance from the food and leisure industries to education, health care and communications networks. A successful way out of the pandemic should reorient the British economy – in which 10% to 15% of the labor force currently work ...

About the Author

Jagjit S. Chadha is director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in London.

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