The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted economies and society on a scale never witnessed before. To protect lives and livelihoods and ensure business continuity, governments have implemented a plethora of relief measures, including in the fiscal area, resulting in increased borrowing to unprecedented levels. As most countries are constrained by their debt burden in the amount of fiscal resources they can bring to the war against COVID-19, now and in the future, it is important to design fiscal policies carefully for optimal results. The two one-day virtual events will bring together frontier academic research by scholars. We are delighted to announce that Professors Jonathan Parker (MIT) and Michaela Pagel (Columbia) will be presenting their recent work on these issues.