The European Investment Bank (EIB) acts as a catalyst to better understand the challenges of investing in Europe’s economy and meet the financing needs of that investment.
The goal of the EIB Economics Department is to act as a hub for research into investment and investment finance across Europe. We bring together our own research and unique data sources with top-level research all over Europe, providing an entry point for researchers and a platform for dialogue.
We also play a critical role in supporting EIB operations through the analysis of the changing economic context, investment opportunities and risks, helping to define the Bank’s positioning, strategy and policy in Europe and beyond. We work to enhance the Bank’s ability to assess risks and track the impacts of its investments at both micro- and macroeconomic levels.
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EIB COVID-19 Economic Vulnerability Index: an analysis of countries outside the European Union
There is a lot that we do not yet know about the health effects of COVID-19. The crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled demand and supply. It is creating huge uncertainties and long-term shifts in consumer preferences and production practices. It is laying bare our vulnerabilities and creating many new challenges. It is one of the most severe blows to economic growth on record.
For a clearer understanding of these impacts, our Economics Department developed an index based on a small set of economic indicators to rate countries’ vulnerability to the crisis. The index covers countries outside the European Union and helps give an idea of the regions that need the most help. Low-income and developing countries are often very vulnerable when a crisis strikes.