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Michèle Belot

European University Institute

E-Mail: michele.belot@eui.eu
Institutional Affiliations: European University Institute and IZA

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2020Socio-Demographic Factors Associated with Self-Protecting Behavior during the Covid-19 Pandemic
with Nicholas W. Papageorge, Matthew V. Zahn, Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, Syngjoo Choi, Julian C. Jamison, Egon Tripodi: w27378
Disease spread is in part a function of individual behavior. We examine the factors predicting individual behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States using novel data collected by Belot et al. (2020). Among other factors, we show that people with lower income, less flexible work arrangements (e.g., an inability to tele-work) and lack of outside space at home are less likely to engage in behaviors, such as social distancing, that limit the spread of disease. We also find evidence that region, gender and beliefs predict behavior. Broadly, our findings align with typical relationships between health and socio-economic status. Moreover, they suggest that the burden of measures designed to stem the pandemic are unevenly distributed across socio-demographic groups in ways that aff...
 
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