Heterodox Economic Cycles Theory during the COVID-19 Economic Crisis: Social Volatility, Affect and the Finance Market-Real Economy Gap
Proceedings of the 20th International Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS) Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, pp. 108-118, December 6-7, 2020.
120 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2021 Last revised: 10 Mar 2021
Date Written: January 9, 2021
The currently ongoing novel Coronavirus-crisis is an external shock coming down on society with direct impact on societal moods and subsequently connected economic changes. With growing digitalization and quickening of transfer speed, information exchange in the individual involvement to break trends online on a global scale may impose unknown systemic risks in causing social volatility in international economics. Research may explore how human beings’ communication and interaction results in socially constructed volatility that echoes in economic correlates. This paper theoretically covers the history of heterodox economic cycles in order to then propose to explore the role of communication and temporal foci in pandemic communication to create social volatility underlying economic downturns. Based on the COVID-19 economic fallout, the article outlines that the finance world has different temporal perceptions than the actual chronological time measurement in contrast to the real economy. In the real economy, concrete constraints create a more emotional and destructive reaction to the general information about COVID-19. Social online media plays a role in loading these two groups. Comparing the economic consequence of the endogenous crunch of the 2008 World Financial Recession with the external economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic aids to retrieve crisis-specific recovery recommendations in the overall discussion. Understanding how the social compound forms economic outcomes promises to explain how market outcomes are developed in society and can be shaped by strategic communication with special attention to new media technologies.
Keywords: Affect, Collective Moods, Communication, Consumption, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Digitalization, Economic Fundamentals, External Shock, Information, Lockdown, News, Pandemic, Social Volatility, Socio-Economics, Socio-Psychological Foundations, 2008/09 World Financial Crisis
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