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Watch 3 Wharton profs share thoughts on COVID-19’s global economic impact

The business school's new remote course, "Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty," details the disease's potential long-term impact on the economy.

Wharton School of Business.

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The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania just started a six-week course on the global implications of COVID-19 and how uncertainty can be managed during dramatic events.

The fully remote course, called “Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty,” began Wednesday. About 1,900 Penn students are registered for the course, according to its creator, Mauro Guillen.

More than 10 Wharton faculty members, including Guillen, are lecturers for the course. Some of the lesson titles include “Financial Market Reactions to the Coronavirus and Disaster Risk,” “Emotional Contagion and Epidemics” and “U.S.-China Relations after the Trade Wars and the Coronavirus.”

Three faculty members who taught in the first session sat down to talk about the course’s main topics via the school’s YouTube channel.

Outgoing Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett talked about the impacts on globalization and what it will take to flatten the curve:

Kent Smetters, professor and Wharton budget model faculty director, talked about the industries that will be hit the hardest and how businesses should respond:


Zeke Emanuel, professor and member of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, discussed quarantine lengths and new testing methods:

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