Skip to Main Navigation

No-Regret Policies for the COVID-19 Crisis in Developing Countries

May 19, 2020




There is enormous uncertainty about how COVID-19 will affect health outcomes, as well as its impact on the economy and the poor. Such uncertainty makes policymaking hard. Some decisions that seem sensible now will prove to be wrong, highly costly, or ineffective later on. No-regret policies are those that are worth doing now regardless of which scenario actually plays out. In this talk, Oxford Professor of Economic Policy, Stefan Dercon, will share with us his proposed no-regret policy mix for developing countries to address the impact of COVID-19.

  • Image

    Stefan Dercon


    Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. In this position, he provided strategic advice, and was responsible for ensuring the use of evidence in decision making. Before joining the University of Oxford, he held positions at the University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the Catholic University of Leuven, and WIDER (Helsinki), part of the United Nations University.


    Albert Zeufack


    Africa Region Chief Economist, World Bank


    William Maloney


    Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions , World Bank


  • Place: Online
  • Date: Tuesday May 19, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM (ET)