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Economic Viewpoint

The November 3 Election and the U.S. Economy (part Two)

October 27, 2020
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Mathieu D’Anjou, Deputy Chief Economist • Francis Généreux, Senior Economist

The COVID‑19 pandemic has sent a monkey wrench into the 2020 presidential campaign, just as it has disrupted the news and the economic situation. It has also made health care a central election issue. Clearly, the economy and job creation are major themes, since the United States is still in recession. This second Economic Viewpoint on the 2020 presidential election sets out the main economic issues and the solutions that the two candidates are putting forward for dealing with them.1 On one hand, President Donald Trump seems to want to bank on staying with the policies implemented during his first mandate. On the other, former Vice President Joe Biden is, among other things, putting a lot of emphasis on investment in clean energy, education and access to health care; it is an ambitious, expensive program.

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