The Rise of Evolutionary Economics: Plotting Non-Equilibrium Transformational Dynamics in the Post Pandemic Era

Annamalah S and Paraman P

Published on: 2021-03-16


The pandemic poses significant impacts on the socioeconomic framework. Revolutionary financial and economic strategies are expected to envision a competitive, sustainable and contemporary economic model. Elective methodologies and concrete institutional policies from past economic downturns or pandemics may provide underlying systemic risk principles. The economic and financial disconnect impacts the fiscal debt, recession lifecycles and economic shocks. Institutional polices that ignores wellbeing and welfare budgets should strive to improve the taxation systems by widening the tax base to reduce deficits. The emergency has set off acute economic repercussions that has incited approaches to re-examine global economic policies. Constructing a sustainable and comparative economic model could reduce the inadequacies of an economic and financial divide that advances the vision of a post pandemic era.


Economic evolution; Systemic risk; Financial and economic disconnect;Institutional reform; Digital revolution; Contemporary economic model; Global economy


Societal wellbeing and economic resurgence are directly proportional to corollaries of the pandemic. Countries with a domestic policy package and unilateral macroeconomic policies are doomed to fail. The main concern is the financial systems which will not be sufficient to address acute insolvency risks. The effect of the novel corona virus across business and efficiency are now at new critical levels, reflective of the global depression. The long term post pandemic effect draws a bleak and melancholic outlook on the demand and supply structure, causing an international economic meltdown. The primary causal effect is purely reciprocal towards change in the consumption behaviour. Economic uncertainty, duration, impact and the degree of the pandemic could dampen business resilience and consumer confidence, leading to significant decreases in foreign direct investments and unemployment in the youth market, which continues to multiply exponentially across the globe [1]. Volatility is critical to the financial markets as it acts as a barometer of financial risk. Few studies have established a link between the pandemic and financial market volatility [2]. Market volatility dictates market direction, impacts the global economy and corporate earnings. The effect of the pandemic on the stock exchange and diverse areas of the economy signals the prospect of international instability across industries. The pandemic has been a colossal synchronized global financial crisis of unprecedented scale.

Quintessence of the Pandemic

The vulnerability of the pandemic effect could represent an endless loop of debilitating business, buyer uncertainty and weakening financial conditions could prompt more calamities in investment and employment [3]. The path, duration and magnitude of the pandemic would pose challenges for economic activities and this unprecedented shockwave creates negative spill overs. The degree of the impact might differ from various economic sectors (Pagano et al., 2020) which is directly proportional to the extent of the pandemic to the general economy. The central issue are the specification and vulnerabilities of the national models in relation to global volatility.

Economic Scarring

The pandemic presents a phenomenal shock to the international economy and its latent capacity scarring impacts, are hard to foresee. While we take into account that the previous pandemics and other exogenous shocks didn't cause scarring impacts, the negative effect of a long-term financial downturn remains a potential upside risk [4]. Notwithstanding, the pandemic could influence the supply side leading to lower yields. Predominately, driven by historical sluggish recovery, signals that recessions cause ‘scarring’ effects, shaping the long-term trend. Evaluating the scarring impacts of past crises provides some salient signals as to how the pandemic shock could affect potential output where local projections approaches should be applied towards scarring effects on potential outputs [5]. The traditional view that business cycle fluctuations does not influence long-term growth has been disputed in the economic literature. The existence of labour market hysteresis effect is a phenomenon that has been widely examined.

The Spillover Effect

Financial overflows across major financial coalitions are enormous. There is no invulnerability from the financial impact if the pandemic is controlled in just a few regions. Governments ought to pursue viable macroeconomic strategies that adopt international standards [6]. The lull comes as industrialists investigate alternatives, for example, sun and wind power, which have seen significant decline in costs and arising innovations like battery repository and biofuels. Energy resources besides petroleum derivatives including renewables and other clean-energy solutions is set to garner 60% of the world's energy consumption in this decade [7]. According to Deloitte, oil and gas organizations will continue to spend less as electric vehicles sales are expected to rise exponentially by 2030 [8]. Although, prices are stabilising the path ahead seems to be unpredictable amid new environmental perils and a factual threat of substitute products and potential new entrants. The risk avoidance could prompt inflationary pressures and insolvencies. Diffusion and adoption of innovation is set to escalate as the move to a contactless economy beyond the pandemic era seems closer to reality.

Long-Haul Economic Impact

The pandemic will likely deepen the expected slowdown in major drivers of growth over the next decade, unless a comprehensive package of policy reforms is enacted soon. The massive disruptions in international trade and business mobility has led to simultaneous supply and demand shocks devastating the global economy. The pandemic, has put 100 million jobs at risk, numerous in micro, and medium-sized undertakings that utilize a high ratio of females, who address 54% of the travel industry labour force [9].

Reconstituting Growth

An estimated 1.5 billion individuals live in low-pay agricultural nations with poor health care systems, restricted institutional facilities and high national debt ratios. These nations entered the emergency with restricted capacities to battle it are now confronted with inflationary and unemployment pressures. The emergency has devastatingly affected major industrialised economies, yet for low-wage nations, the impacts have been much more dreadful. Meeting the numerous neglected necessities of low-wage nations will require further joint endeavours with financial institutions and multilateral foundations [10]. The global slowdown exposes issues about its causal effect. The shortcomings in productivity development in cutting edge economies has been credited to various variables: consistent losses from mechanical advancement with negligible efficiency gains; a postponement between the improvement of new digital technologies and their consolidation into production measures; and a widening gap in ventures driven by absence of demand. In numerous nations, the pandemic has caused huge gaps social class systems where the upper class demographics has fared better. Accordingly, governments have strongly interceded through financial approaches destitution and disparity. A robust strategic approach should be made by nations to contain the crisis, particularly in emerging economies and less developed nations I reversing lethargic developments. In the long haul, strategic decision makers need to start a thorough evolutionary change to improve the principal economic drivers.

Key policy responses

The new normal unites strategy reactions traversing a huge scope of subjects, from societal wellbeing to education and assessments, providing direction on the momentary estimates in affected areas and a particular spotlight on the weaker sectors. Governments should plan to   prepare recuperation with co-ordinated strategic reactions across nations. Measurements of versatility ought to be investigated across the task life-cycle, from coordinating and planning to development activities and decommissioning. This forms a comprehension of how framework is interconnected, especially considering the effects of the pandemic. The possibility to propel progress to a low-carbon economy to guarantee that legislature facilitates financial recuperation towards environmental change, biodiversity and extensive environmental security.

Systemic risk

Experts agree that a post-pandemic economy will need to be reinvigorated in a novel and unprecedented ways that focuses on innovation, resilience and a restructuring labour hierarchies. Restarting the economy is especially important to prevent a prolonged recession. Repeated waves of infection, widespread unemployment and closed or decimated businesses could further hamper recovery. The policies in expanding productive capacities by focussing on economic resilience, economic diversification and the ability to create decent and productive jobs should remain as key economic drivers. Effective multilateral cooperation within the region is a fundamental prerequisite towards sustainable development. Governments have revamped their budgetary plans, actuated savings of an extensive measure that guarantees rationality and implements top-down fiscal order. The perils that inadequately planned assets-with insignificant legitimate systems, poor administrative courses of action, and limited predefined detailing courses of action—especially in the setting in which nations are quickly boosting their spending should be closely monitored. Policy makers are taking measures that will permit assets to be modified and dispensed more rapidly with improved execution of procurement methodologies. The budgetary framework, particularly in some low-wage nations, faces administrative weaknesses where health, social administrations, inward and boundary security require solid coordination.

Post Pandemic Tax Policies

When vaccines become widely accessible, assessment and spending measures can-where feasible-support marginalised societies and aid recuperation. For example, explicit transitory tax alleviation could uphold the recuperation, and where fiscal space is restricted, a more reformist expense design could in any case be defined. Beyond the underlying recuperation stage, nonetheless, governments will hope to loosen their financial intercessions through financial solidification measures. This focuses to a vital part of the assessment strategy. Albeit the pandemic has not changed the key fundamentals of the recuperation which offers flexibility to determine longstanding shortcomings in tax frameworks and restore digital transformation changes. Revenue mobilization will be imperative in many countries once the crisis abates. There is a need to distinguish measures that upgrade tax progressivity and decrease financial contortions, while supporting a green recuperation where tax policy reforms and fiscal consolidation becomes imperative.  The emphasis ought to be on recognizing tax gauges that can help revenue repatriation in a comprehensive manner. Nations have numerous alternatives to improve the viable progressivity of their assessment frameworks, decrease key development expenses, manipulate remedial taxes and tax plans to adapt to a digitalized economy post pandemic.

Rise of the Digital Economic Revolution

The low-income developing countries (LIDCs) and emerging market economies (EMEs) could leverage digital solutions. This includes financial management information systems (FMIS), fiscal transparency portals, and procurement platforms. These measures could be implemented rapidly during the crisis to streamline spending and control processes embedded in the information systems, enhance FMIS functionalities and improve transparency. In LIDCs and EMEs, the Cantillion Effect might occur. They can also play a key role in macro-fiscal planning and budget management, reduce governance vulnerabilities, including corruption (ITU, 2020). Transparency in designing, implementing, and overseeing the responses of the pandemic is key to ensuring their legitimacy and accountability (ITU, 2020). Digital solutions has an important role to play in enhancing fiscal transparency. These solutions should be leveraged to enhance the transparency of related procurement activities. If e-procurement system are in place, disclosure of procurement information should be relatively easy. These digital platforms are not in place and government portals can nevertheless be used to publish awards made, including details of the items procured, method of procurement, prices paid, the name of the supplier, and the ownership information of firms that are awarded procurement contracts, thus promoting greater transparency to facilitate societal participation.

The Economic and Financial Disconnect

The distinction between the exhibition of stock exchanges and the real economy has become a subject of much interest and discussion. The most convincing perspective is the financial strategic activities have driven resource costs up by causing a sharp drop in both risk premiums and risk-free discount rates [11]. This recommends that withdrawal of these financial related activities could trigger an inversion. The rise of this distinction among business sectors and the economy harmonizes declarations of exceptional financial strategy activities. While these activities might have lifted valuations by improving the central viewpoint (lopsidedly for listed firms), different clarifications is expository. The pandemic has fundamentally influenced contact-concentrated administrative sectors—transportation, retail, eateries, and lodgings, while small and medium enterprises (SMEs) represent a critical segment. Nonetheless, income projections for bigger firms have followed a comparative direction toward real GDP projections, which we can decipher as generally determined by the presentation of SMEs. This proposes that the elements of the real impacts of the pandemic have not been incredibly extraordinary across firms of various sizes [12]. Contrasting rebate rates for financial exchanges with long haul risk free loan costs, risk premiums provides a significant driver of the securities exchange valuations. Remarkable financial policies have incidentally reduced risk premiums and lowering risk free rates. Risk expenses have been the essential channel through which strategies has affected securities exchange valuations [13]. Pertinent evidence for the real financial disconnect is most consistent with monetary policy announcements leading to significant decline in discount rates (both risk premiums and risk-free rates) that lifted asset valuations. This may imply that a withdrawal of monetary policy actions could trigger a reversal in asset valuations: risk-free rates would rise, but more importantly risk premiums may spike again. This may infer that a withdrawal of financial strategy related approach could trigger an inversion [14]. Further, insights of related strategies has upheld financial sectors while not being able to resuscitate unemployment which could reignite the discussion on the ramifications of policies for disparity on central bank responsibilities.

Economic Evolution

Currently, the intensity of the pandemic on financial sectors are unpredictable. The macroeconomic structure will be hostile than the transparent stress test to evaluate capital tolerability of financial establishments [15]. Contextually, to guarantee that the financial sector keeps financing the real economy, and has enough credibility to mop up losses. The strategies to protect banks' capital assets by  restricting the dispersion of capital (profits, share buybacks, and optional bonus payment) for all banks, until the effect of the pandemic becomes more vivid, is highly plausible [16]. The need to promote investments through public programmes is crucial as it would be more capital injections into the economy and would result in multiplier effects. The overarching responsibility of the government is to macro manage the economy by the provision of an investment haven for FDI’s, thus creating economic stability [17]. Expansionary fiscal policies through stimulus should be managed prudently in creating artificial demand. Central banks should undertake quantitative easing strategies to increase money supply and encourage lending and investment to spur economic growth. This will bring about a robust recovery as the fundamental design and crucial tools to stabilise economies is through budgets, a fiscal transfer capacity to deal with asymmetric shocks and effective financial system that acts as the provider of liquidity to financial institutions. With the world on the brink of a steep recession, a prudent economic policy should be implemented that focuses on inflation and unemployment, equal distribution of wealth and economic growth. Supply disturbances and currency deteriorations may prompt incremental inflationary expansion [18]. Inflation experienced a plunge, fundamentally determined by energy costs; notwithstanding, core inflation (excluding energy and food) declined. This mirrors a decrease in many service classifications (for instance, transportation) just as in non-essentials merchandise (for instance, attire). The easing of confinement measures has kept inflation below pre pandemic levels in most countries. Restoring economic confidence, by micromanaging the pandemic and economic fallout where both consumer and business confidence need to be integrated. Many countries suffer from severe disruptions to trade and global value chains plus sharp capital outflows mounted with halted tourism and remittances receipts, price pressures for critical imports such as foods and medicines and tighter financing conditions [19,20]. A sharp decline in export prices, notably for oil, will put additional pressure on exporters, while the unanticipated health spending and government revenue losses as a result of the economic slowdown will require large amounts of new financing. Economic immobility has a direct and indirect effect on the global economy in the post pandemic era.


Through investigating the pandemic experience to date and considering past plagues, we have featured zones where discussions are mandatory, recommending better approaches for deduction and actions that push the limits of the new economic frontier. While perceiving the ramifications from the past where comparative topics have arisen, we need to broadcast a vibe of idealism. The scale and profundity of the emergency, may imply that, this time, reformist changes will arise - in in an unexpected way-that embrace vulnerability, indocility and unavoidable intricacies. Political and legislative issues will mediate, yet the necessary changes are in the eventual political decisions, requiring autonomous endeavours and deployment. In the event that such sweeping ground-breaking change doesn't arise, the task of 'improvement' will have fizzled, and future shocks – for they will unquestionably come – will unleash significantly more noteworthy devastation.


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