Confine people to their homes; shut the shops; spending goes down; GDP suffers. It may seem like common sense that stronger Covid-19-related restrictions, while essential for public health, would result in a lower GDP, but anecdata isn’t real data.
The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) is utilising novel forms of data to make more timely predictions about the UK economy. The ONS has shown how taking advantage of new technologies can offer a chance to get much quicker signals of change in the economy. The Faster Indicators of UK Economic Activity project released its […]