Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222333
Authors: 
Bartscher, Alina K.
Seitz, Sebastian
Siegloch, Sebastian
Slotwinski, Michaela
Wehrhöfer, Nils
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ECONtribute Discussion Paper No. 007
Abstract: 
We explore the role of social capital in the spread of the recent Covid-19 pandemic in independent analyses for Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. We exploit within-country variation in social capital and Covid-19 cases to show that high-social-capital areas accumulated between 12% and 32% fewer Covid-19 cases per capita from mid-March until mid-May. Using Italy as a case study, we find that high-social-capital areas exhibit lower excess mortality and a decline in mobility. Our results have important implications for the design of local containment policies in future waves of the pandemic.
Subjects: 
Covid-19
social capital
collective action
health costs
Europe
JEL: 
D04
A13
D91
H11
H12
I10
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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