What is the economic cost of keeping schools shut?

Can normality resume without schools returning? One of the reasons the government was reluctant to recommend the closure of England’s schools at the start of this crisis was the economic dislocation it would cause. Eight million families across the UK have school-age children. As long as schools are closed, these families face constraints on their ability to go to work. Many articles have focused on the widening attainment gap and the psychological effects of keeping children isolated from teachers and friends. But Julian Jessop, IEA Economics Fellow, has examined the economic costs in more detail in an IEA blog. What is the long-term damage caused by young people missing out on education that could have increased their productivity? IEA Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall will be joined by Julian Jessop and IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton to discuss the societal and economic impact of keeping the school gates closed.