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COVID-19 and Macroeconomic Uncertainty: Fiscal and Monetary Policy Response

Publication date

Apr, 2020


NIPFP Working Paper No. 302


Lekha Chakraborty and Emmanuel Thomas


The macroeconomic uncertainty created by COVID-19 is hard to measure. The situation demands simultaneous policy intervention in terms of public health infrastructure and livelihood. Along with the global community, India too has announced its initial dose of fiscal and monetary policy responses. However, more fiscal–monetary policy coordination is required to scale up the policy response to the emerging crisis. Innovative sources of financing the deficit, including money financing of fiscal programmes, a variant of “helicopter money,” need to be explored.

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