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#TalkingEconomics: How should we tackle the big post-pandemic challenges?

Soumaya Keynes reports on the final day of discussions at Talking Economics and the Bristol Festival of Economics. Topics included what to do about the gender pay gap, rising inflation, learning losses among the young, and climate change.

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Nations, regions & cities

Where are the UK’s levelling up funds most needed?

Longstanding patterns of economic inequality in the UK are being overlaid with the locally uneven economic impacts of Covid-19. The challenge for policy is targeting the places that most need support – which are not whole regions but geographically diverse local areas.

Energy & climate change

How may climate change affect people’s economic decisions?

Anthropogenic climate change is increasing average temperatures and the number of days each year with extreme heat. This is likely to affect the way people behave and the economic choices they make: how and when will depend on where in the world they live.

Families & households

Did food hardship increase during the pandemic?

The number of households experiencing uncertainty about secure access to food rose dramatically during the pandemic in both the United States and the UK. The crisis has exposed severe inequalities in ‘food hardship’ across race and class in both countries.

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Health, physical & mental

How is the healthcare sector dealing with climate change?

Healthcare systems face a growing burden from environmental hazards like air pollution and extreme weather events. As major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, they are also seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Health, physical & mental

How has Covid-19 affected younger adults with social care needs?

Much discussion of social care during the pandemic has focused on the elderly. But young people with learning difficulties have been particularly badly affected, both in terms of their health and loss of services.

Prices & interest rates

How has inflation behaved during the pandemic?

Lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19 changed patterns of consumer spending around the world. The enforced shifts in demand affected prices in ways that become apparent by looking at different measures of inflation.

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