COVID-19 and Macroeconomic Uncertainty: Fiscal and Monetary Policy Response
Publication dateApr, 2020
DetailsNIPFP Working Paper No. 302
AuthorsLekha 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.