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The Pandemic Has Only Increased Our Economic Growth Obsession

Economists say that policymakers are likely to remain focused on growth metrics.

Employees Return To Office As Virus Safety Precautions In Place
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The coronavirus pandemic has shown that policymakers will sacrifice business activity if it’s necessary for public safety. Climate activists have warned for years that society’s quest for growth threatens our planet, and some economists encourage using different metrics to judge an economy’s success. So we asked an array of economic policy experts whether anything has really changed.

Mugur Isarescu
Governor, National Bank of Romania