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Faculty Viewpoints: Will COVID-19 Set Us on a More Sustainable Path?

In the short term, COVID-19 has brought about what activists and governments haven’t been able to achieve: a sharp drop in carbon emissions. What does the pandemic mean for the longer-term trajectory of efforts to remake our economy in a sustainable way?
An empty Interstate 110 at rush hour in Los Angeles on April 10, 2020. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.
  • Faculty Viewpoints: The Economic Policy Response

    In an online conversation, Yale faculty members discussed the steps already taken to prevent the COVID-19 crisis from turning into economic catastrophe, and the need for more effective healthcare policies.
    A food bank distributing food at an event on May 8, 2020, in Massapequa, New York. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images.
  • Faculty Viewpoints: A Global View

    In an online conversation, Yale SOM faculty members discussed diverging responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for global cooperation. 
    Cobblers wearing face masks at Kenyatta Market in Nairobi, Kenya, in April 2020. Photo: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
  • Faculty Viewpoints: Preventing a Financial Crisis

    In an online event hosted by the Bank for International Settlement, Andrew Metrick, director of the Yale Program on Financial Stability, discussed the actions that governments have already taken to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from sparking a full-blown financial crisis, and the challenges still to come. 
    The Bank of International Settlement in Basel
  • Faculty Viewpoints: The Evolving Workplace

    In an online event, Yale SOM faculty members discussed the sudden transformation of the workplace forced by COVID-19 and the potential for more lasting change.
    A man working from home with a dog in his lap
  • Faculty Viewpoints: The Public Health Response

    In an online discussion, Yale faculty members discussed what’s missing from the public health response to COVID-19 and offered visions of the post-pandemic world. 
    Drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Lake Elsinore, California, in March 2020. Photo: Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images.
  • Faculty Viewpoints: The Macroeconomic Outlook

    In an online event hosted by Yale SOM’s Economic Development Club, Peter Schott and Lorenzo Caliendo, both professors of economics at Yale SOM, walked through some of the macroeconomic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
     A mostly empty Times Square in New York City