November 30 2021 | Books

Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy

Aspen Economic Strategy Group

After suffering the worst economic shock since the Great Depression, the American economy is recovering in fits and starts. While many businesses are reopening their doors and thriving, continued uncertainty about the course of the virus, the inflation outlook, labor shortages, and many other factors are hampering a full return to normal activity. The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced and exacerbated many of the biggest structural economic challenges in our society. It precipitated the largest economic relief and stimulus spending in US history and transformed the way that millions of Americans live and work, with automation, e-commerce, and telework all playing a bigger role.

The policy volume Rebuilding the Post Pandemic Economy examines important questions about how the post-pandemic economy will take shape. What are some initial lessons we can take away from the novel government programs that were deployed to provide economic relief and stimulus? How can we implement new infrastructure investments to maximize efficiency and equity, and best respond to the climate crisis? After a year of widespread school closures, what have we learned about the role of K-12 education in perpetuating or reducing social and economic inequities? And how should American trade policies evolve to promote economic recovery and strengthen America’s role in the global economy?


  1. Foreword: Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy

    by Erskine Bowles and Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
  2. Introduction: Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy

    by Melissa S. Kearney and Amy Ganz
  3. Internet Access and its Implications for Productivity, Inequality, and Resilience

    by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis
  4. Business Continuity Insurance in the Next Disaster

    by Samuel Hanson, Adi Sunderam, and Eric Zwick
  5. Economic Perspectives on Infrastructure Investment

    by Edward Glaeser and James Poterba