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Culture and contagion: Individualism and compliance with COVID-19 policy

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In the first wave of the pandemic, places where geographic mobility declined more rapidly saw fewer cases of COVID-19. And yet, there is significant variation in people’s compliance with the lockdown measures introduced by governments in order to curb the spread of the virus. In this paper, we show that much of this variation can be explained by different cultural traits. Specifically, we advance the hypothesis that individualism, which puts greater value on personal freedom, makes government...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.jebo.2021.07.026

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University of Oxford
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SSD
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Oxford Martin School
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University of Oxford
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SSD
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Oxford Martin School
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Research group:
Oxford Martin School
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Elsevier
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Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization More from this journal
Volume:
190
Pages:
191-200
Publication date:
2021-08-03
Acceptance date:
2021-07-18
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0167-2681
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English
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1186923
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pubs:1186923
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2021-07-19

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