Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223676
Authors: 
Brodeur, Abel
Grigoryeva, Idaliya
Kattan, Lamis
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13234
Abstract: 
Better understanding whether and how communities respond to government decisions is crucial for policy makers and health officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, we document the socioeconomic determinants of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders' compliance in the U.S. Using cell phone data measuring changes in average distance traveled and non-essential visitation, we find that: stay-at-home orders reduce mobility by about 8­–10 percentage points; high-trust counties decrease their mobility significantly more than low-trust counties post-lockdown; and counties with relatively more self-declared democrats decrease significantly more their mobility. We also provide evidence that the estimated eeffct on compliance post-lockdown is especially large for trust in the press, and relatively smaller for trust in science, medicine or government.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
stay-at-home orders
social distancing
trust
JEL: 
H12
I12
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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