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Toporowski, Jan and Jump, Robert (2021) 'How to Pay for the Coronavirus Emergency The Fiscal Challenge.' International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 7 (1). pp. 1-13.

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The coronavirus emergency presents the British Government with the greatest fiscal challenge since the Second World War. While the course of the emergency will be determined by the nature of the infection and the arrangements for dealing with it, the course of the recovery from the epidemic will be determined by the financing of the emergency, whether this is done by the government, or left to households and firms running up private debt. The quickest recovery will be obtained by maintaining a high level of government borrowing serviced by taxes on wealth and profits. This would reverse some of the regressive features of the epidemic which is exacerbating an unequal distribution of income and wealth.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: coronavirus costs, fiscal policy, taxation, government debt, debt management, Keynes, Kalecki
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 20447671
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 7 (1). pp. 1-13 published by Inderscience Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2020 14:49

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