Coronavirus Erodes Countries’ Economic Resilience; Global Insurance Gaps Widen

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to reduce global macroeconomic resilience by about 20% in 2020 from 2019 levels as stimulus packages deplete countries’ fiscal and monetary buffers around the world.

At the same time, the combined global protection gap for key perils is reaching a new high.

According to the latest annual Swiss Re Institute resilience indices, the UK, Japan and the U.S. will experience the greatest falls in resilience among major economies. Switzerland, Finland and Canada remain the world’s three most resilient countries, reflecting their comprehensive economic strength against future crises.

Global economic resilience held up in 2019 compared with 2018, but the world entered the COVID-19 crisis with less shock-absorbing capacity than before the global financial crisis of 2008-09, the last major economic downturn. The Swiss Re Institute Macroeconomic Resilience Index (E-RI) for the world stood at 0.62 in 2019, against 0.61 in 2018.

Key findings:

  • COVID-19 is
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