Orginially published: March 23rd, 2020
Hello there, my name is Fred and I am an economics student at the University of York.
Honestly, I count this blog as a mental exercise for myself. The UK government has effectively shut the country down (albeit a few weeks too late), and I need something to do for what could be more than half a year of strict self-isolation and social distancing. However, I may be inside for the foreseeable future, but there is no chance I could become bored. These are certainly the most surreal times of my short life thus far and no doubt the year 2020 will be prodded at with analytical theory from disciplines ranging far and wide in the years to come. This time will occupy a very special place in future history books.
As I am a student of economics, I tend to look at this crisis and past crises through an economic lens, with regard to what fiscal or monetary policy could have better been employed or how much income an individual has in their pocket. Generally, it is quite easy to look at graphs of worldwide or national GDP through the last century, or historical estimates of such for times before 1920 to show when these crises were through troughs of curves on graphs. However, it is impossible to gauge the total impact of truly historical times such as now, through one lens. Neither economics, nor political science, nor law can act alone, they must act closely in tandem with each other and even with physical and formal sciences to gain a somewhat clear picture of what happened. This is exactly what I am going to try to do. Along with writing pieces myself, I am going to invite friends of mine in different fields to put this period in perspective and comment on it through their particular vantage point.
Whilst we are moving forward, please follow government advice, stay indoors and together we can flatten the curve.