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An Economist's Perspective On Ebola Outbreak

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An Economist's Perspective On Ebola Outbreak

Neil Dutta is the head of U.S. economics for Renaissance Macro Research, and he said that even though the risk of an outbreak in the United States is low, there will still be a lot of headlines about it in the near future.

He recently joining Benzinga’s #PreMarket Prep to share thoughts on the Ebola outbreak from an economist's perspective.

“Remember, we’ve dealt with issues like this before,” he said. “The most recent, obviously, is the SARs outbreak in 2003.”

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He also mentioned that 2003 was a good year for the U.S. economy, and it grew by about 4.5 percent.

“Not that I’m saying that will happen over the next year,” he said.

The CNN Effect

It’s difficult to measure psychological impacts of events like this, Dutta explained, but he does think this will continue to be spotlighted in the media and experience the “CNN effect.”

“We know that Ebola is a very deadly disease,” Dutta said. “But I also know that the U.S. public health system is second to none.”

Keeping Perspective

Dutta emphasized that it’s important to keep these things in perspective.

“The question is whether this is going to be enough to materially offer your baseline projections over the next couple of months, and I’m just not there yet,” he said.

He also talked about employment and retail sales. You can find Dutta's most recent research report here

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