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A man walks past a closing store during a lockdown in Wales, October 2020

The economic cost of lockdowns – a closer look

As some countries endure further lockdowns or contemplate imposing another, it is worth considering the cost such measures have on economies. This report examines two factors – duration and stringency of the lockdowns. One has a far greater impact on the economy than the other, and the question is whether policymakers will take that into account.

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