Economic Consequences of Covid-19 in Latin America: The Pandemic’s New Epicenter

June 09, 2020

In the latest podcast from the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), María Victoria Murillo, Professor of Political Science at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Director of ILAS, interviews the economist Jose Antonio Ocampo regarding the economic consequences of Covid-19 in Latin America, the new epicenter of the pandemic.

According to Ocampo, who is Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at SIPA, the dramatic effect of quarantine on employment and production is heightened by uncertainty on the future of trade and commodity prices. In his view, the pandemic will force Latin American countries to invest more in health and lead them to seek to improve fiscal capacity, with a more redistributive reach.

Use this link to access the podcast.