The coronavirus-infected economy requires dealing with the disease burden and the economic devastation caused by measures to contain the virus.
Bangladesh’s restart is happening, whether science supports it or not.
The government is hard-pressed in responding to the raging coronavirus pandemic with every resource, instrument, policy and strategy it can get its hands on.
Early data on the poverty impact of the coronavirus-induced coma of the economy, as Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman characterises it, is rather alarming.
The historical novelty of the coronavirus shock has unravelled as the lockdown continues. Bangladesh’s economic expansion is projected to face a drastic brake.
Are we doing enough to support households dependent on labour income from the formal and informal sectors in this time of distress?
The Tk 72,750 crore package announced by the prime minister promises to provide support to small and large businesses in industry and services to tide over the disruptive stage of the pandemic.
This is a good package committing 2.5 percent of GDP to keep businesses in industry and services afloat with a particular focus on protecting employment and labour income.
The government and the Bangladesh Bank have come up with several initiatives in response to the evolving public health and economic crisis.
If there ever was a challenging time for fiscal policy, this is it! The budgeting season for the government has started amidst a potential global health and economic crisis whose depth and duration...