Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216449
Authors: 
Baccini, Leonardo
Brodeur, Abel
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13137
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
What is the response of US governors to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this research note, we explore the determinants of implementing stay-at-home orders, focusing on governors' characteristics. In our most conservative estimate, being a Democratic governor increases the probability of implementing a stay-at-home order by more than 50 percent. Moreover, we find that the probability of implementing a statewide stay-at-home order is about 40 percent more likely for governors without a term limit than governors with a term limit. We also find that Democratic governors and governors without a term limit are significantly faster to adopt statewide orders than Republican governors and governors with a term limit. There is evidence of politics as usual in these unusual times.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
pandemic
ideology
governors
United States
JEL: 
H51
I15
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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