The coronavirus pandemic is upending society in ways that would have been hard to imagine just a few weeks ago. First and foremost a health emergency, COVID-19 has also hit economies like a global tsunami, closing national borders, shuttering factories, slashing consumer demand and slowing global trade. Workers and small businesses are bearing the brunt of the economic fallout. With the pandemic triggering a global economic slowdown, leaders are searching for ways to stabilize impacted industries and shore up their economies. The decisions they make now will have long-lasting effects, so they must choose wisely.

WRI economists and policy experts share lessons from previous economic stimulus packages, highlighting opportunities for “shovel-ready,” job-creating, high-efficiency, low-carbon infrastructure in China, United States, Africa and elsewhere


  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director
  • Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate & Economics
  • Li Fang, Chief Representative, WRI China
  • Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States
  • Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director, WRI Africa
  • Anjali Mahendra, Director Of Research, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
  • Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President for Communications (Moderator)

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