How can we save lives and the economy? Lessons from the Spanish Flu pandemic

This research looks into the effect of public health response on the economic severity of a pandemic. Image: REUTERS/Juan Medina

Sergio Correia

Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Stephan Luck

Economist, Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York


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