The Great Debate UK
- Marie Diron is senior economist at Oxford Economics. The opinions expressed are her own -
A swine flu pandemic would affect the economy via various channels involving supply and demand.
On the supply side, infection and death imply that employees would be unable to go to work. This is what most people think about when they think about swine flu’s economic costs.
But the demand channels are likely much more powerful. Fear of infection would keep people away from airports, train stations, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres. This would imply cuts in travel and tourism and consumer spending.