IIES/SNS International Policy talks: Economic responses and optimal restrictions to mitigate Covid-19

Webinarium Wed 3 February 2021
time and place

Wednesday 3 February 2021, 14:00–15:00

How do optimal restrictions depend on people’s behavior, demography, and health care systems? What policy response is suitable for high-income and low-income countries?

Both the spread and policy responses to Covid-19 has (so far) mainly been about social and economic behavior. How can these kinds of responses be incorporated in epidemiological models to predict the spread of Covid-19? Welcome to a seminar where Kurt Mitman and Tessa Bold, both Associate Professors in economics at IIES, will present a theoretical framework and empirical evidence to better understand the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions (i.e., restrictions). Kurt is using daily data of mobility, covering over 80 percent of the U.S. population. Tessa has studied how the effects of policy interventions may differ across countries with different demography, income level, and health care systems.

Erika Färnstrand Damsgaard from the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet) will comment and join the panel discussion.


Kurt Mitman, Associate Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES)

Tessa Bold, Associate Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES)

Erika Färnstrand Damsgaard, Head of Marcoeconomic Research at National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet)

The webinar will be led by Ilinca Benson, Deputy CEO at SNS.


The meeting will be conducted as a webinar in Zoom. The meeting is free of charge and open to everyone.

You can register by clicking on “Register here” above. You will receive an e-mail with a link to the webinar 1-2 hours before the meeting.

Participants can ask questions during the meeting, through the function “Raise Hand”, or in writing, through “Q&A”.

Warmly welcome!