Social action and economic restructuring in the post-COVID-19 era


The Covid-19 pandemic caused unpresented health and economic crisis across the globe. Consequently, it has radically led to fundamental changes in many aspects of daily lives and economic activity. The extant literature emphasizes how the COVID-19 pandemic influences the financial markets, the international trade, and other perspectives of the economy (Goodell, 2020). The contemporary studies about the COVID-19 pandemic and financial markets are looking at investor sentiments (how the Congress traded? (Goodell and Huynh, 2020) and the global equity overreaction (Schell, Wang, and Huynh, 2020)), cultural dimension under the economic status (Huynh, 2020a), income inequality and poverty (Dang, Huynh, Nguyen, 2020), risk perception and behavioural economics (Huynh, 2020b, Huynh, 2020c). Arguably, while some changes can be temporary, some others can be long stay.

Two years since the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries have decided to move to the “new normal” stage with the vaccination campaign, admitted the ongoing record-breaking new COVID cases. Individuals, businesses, and communities are forced to adjust to the new normal status. In taking the pandemic as a unique case study of severe “shock” event affecting all aspects of the economy simultaneously, we aim to provide the empirical evidence to researchers, policymakers, and economic organizations to understand how the current situation is going. More importantly, whether, and to what extent economic activity, individuals, communities, and the interaction between them are forced to change and evolved in the (post-) COVID-19 era will be an interesting concern.

Against this backdrop, this special issue is seeking empirical and policy-oriented studies that focus on social economics on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This special issue aims to understand how social preferences, culture, values, norms, networks, and social interactions could be changed and/or restructured in the post-Covid era.

List of topic areas

  • How Covid-19 lead to changes in social action and behaviour of economic agents.
  • Long-term and short-term effect of Covid-19 on social economics.
  • The adjustment of economic activity to cope with new normal status in both advanced and developing countries.
  • The evolvement of social and ethical norms in the post-Covid era.
  • Welfare, inequality, and social and economic justice in the post-Covid era.
  • Government policy for post-Covid economic recovery and growth.
  • Economic behaviour changes including the individual level, firm level, and country level.
  • Risk perceptions and public behaviour in responses to the outbreak of epidemic diseases.
  • Policy reactions and implications to emerging and advanced countries.
  • The understandings of global COVID-19 vaccination campaigns with social economics.

Guest Editors

Toan L.D. Huynh

University of Southampton - United Kingdom

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Hiep N. Luu

VNU University of Economics and Business - Vietnam

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Chao Liang

Southwest Jiatong University - China

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Francesco Pastore

University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” - Italy

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Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 01/05/2022

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 30/11/2022

Closing date for abstract submission: 01/09/2022


Email for submissions: [email protected]