Economic and Financial Impacts

Covers topics related to the economy and financial markets. What is happening? How bad will this be? What are the policy implications? What should policymakers do? 


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Impact Maps

By: Robin Greenwood and Josh Coval

This interactive map shows the projected employment impact of COVID-19 on Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States. MSA-level projections are based on MSA-level industry composition and live stock market prices. These projections show the relative expected impact at the MSA level without attempting to estimate the overall decrease in employment.

Global Policy Tracker

By: Alberto Cavallo and 25 MBA/Harvard students

The HBS Global Policy Tracker is an initiative by the BGIE unit at Harvard Business School to collect and standardize economic policies implemented as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic around the world. We focus on fiscal policy, monetary policy, and lockdowns and quantify government responses in common variables, units and currencies to facilitate cross-country comparisons. The data is updated in real-time with the efforts of several dozens of students at HBS and other Harvard schools.

WEI (Weekly Economic Index)

The Weekly Economic Index (WEI) is an index of 10 weekly indicators of real economic activity, scaled to have the units of four-quarter percent change of real GDP, originally developed by Daniel Lewis, Karel Mertens, James H. Stock.

Market Data

The following pages contain stock market, fixes income, and key economic data from a variety of sources, including: FRED, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Chicago Board Options Exchange,, Nikkei Industry Research Institute, OECD, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Ice Data Indices, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, World Bank, U.S. Employment and Training Administration, Click on the red links below to view the latest data charts. We capture the following data:

Stock MarketFixed IncomeEconomic Data 
S&P 500 Index
S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX)
S&P 500 Dividend Yield 
S&P 500 PE Ratio
S&P 500 Shiller PE Ratio
Japan: Nikkei 225 Index 
UK: Total Share Prices for All Shares
Sector Returns 
Individual Stock Performance
Treasury yields
1-Month Treasury Yield
10-Year Treasury Yield
Yield Curve
Federal Funds Rate
Bond spreads
BBB Investment Grade Spread
High Yield Spread
TED Spread
3-Month Commercial Paper Minus Federal Funds Rate
Unemployment Rate
Inflation Rate
Initial Claims
Financial Stress Index
Foreign Exchange Rates
USD/EUR Exchange Rate
USD/GBP Exchange Rate
USD/AUD Exchange Rate
Restaurant Revenue YoY
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