CEPS Project


Pan-European Response to the ImpactS of COVID-19 and future Pandemics and Epidemics


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been deep and wide. In spite of unprecedented efforts to understand the COVID-19 disease and its causative virus SARS-CoV-2, months after the emergence of the first local case in Europe (San Matteo hospital, Pavia, 21st February 2020) significant knowledge gaps persist. While social and natural scientists managed to develop new research and shed light on the dynamics of the outbreak and the most effective possible containment measures, governments have been increasingly faced with the need to adopt urgent decisions. Against this background, PERISCOPE plans to contribute to a dramatically deeper understanding of the dynamics of the outbreak, by means of an intense multi-disciplinary research, both theoretical and experimental, and the consideration of different viewpoints: clinic and epidemiologic; humanistic and psychologic; socio-economic and political; statistical and technological.

The overarching objectives of PERISCOPE are to map and analyse the unintended impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak; develop solutions and guidance for policymakers and health authorities on how to mitigate the impact of the outbreak; enhance Europe’s preparedness for future similar events; and reflect on the future multi-level governance in the health as well as other domains affected by the outbreak. In pursuing this objective, PERISCOPE sheds new light on the unintended and indirect consequences of the outbreak and the related government responses, with the intention to preserve evidence-based policymaking by collecting an unprecedented amount of data and information on the social, economic and behavioural consequences of the current pandemic. At the same time, PERISCOPE will produce new information on the conditions that led to the impact of the pandemic, the differences in “policy mix” adopted at the national level in EU and associated countries, and the behavioural impacts of both the outbreak and the policies adopted.

Read the Press Release.


Other publications by PERISCOPE researchers:

Did the COVID-19 pandemic impact income distribution?

Adjusting Support in a K-Shaped Recovery

Europe and the Covid-19 crisis: the challenges ahead

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU industries

Labour market responses to the Covid-19 crisis in the United States and Europe

Sense and Nonsense of the Euro-Plus Pact

Money allocation is not the key to recovery and resilience, reforms are

Social Distancing Requirements and the Determinants of the COVID-19 Recession and Recovery in Europe

The economics of stop-and-go epidemic control

Monitoring COVID-19 contagion growth

Mobility-based real-time economic monitoring amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lockdowns and the US Unemployment Crisis

Incentives for accelerating the production of Covid-19 vaccines in the presence of adjustment costs

How Fast Must Vaccination Campaigns Proceed in Order to Beat Rising Covid-19 Infection Numbers?

A New Covid Policy Stringency Index for Europe

Did the COVID-19 Pandemic trigger nostalgia? Evidence of Music Consumption on Spotify

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

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Timothy Yeung

Research Fellow

Ada Modzelewska

Moritz Laurer

Associate Researcher

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Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research

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Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs unit

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Daniel Gros

Distinguished Fellow

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Steven Blockmans

Director of Research

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Mattia Di Salvo

Associate Researcher

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Caterina Astarita

Research Fellow

Francesco Corti

Associate Research Fellow

Farzaneh Shamsfakhr


A matter of choice or a matter of fact

Household savings and consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic in selected EU countries

Job retention schemes between the Great Recession and the COVID-19 crises

Does the institutional design affect the take up? An EU-27 cross-country comparison