Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223934
Authors: 
Alacevich, Caterina
Cavalli, Nicolò
Giuntella, Osea
Lagravinese, Raffaele
Moscone, Francesco
Nicodemo, Catia
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 13492
Abstract: 
We explore the relationship between the spatial distributions of excess deaths and care home facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. Using registry-based mortality data (January 1st- March 31st, 2015-2020) for Lombardy, one of the areas hit most severely, we estimate that municipalities with care homes present significantly higher excess death rates among the elderly (+41%). We find that this effect is not driven by the size of care homes and of the vulnerable population that they host. Rather, our results suggest that the excess deaths did not occur only within care homes and these facilities acted as one of the possible catalysts in the diffusion of COVID-19 in the whole elderly population of their surrounding territory.
Subjects: 
care homes
COVID-19
excess mortality
JEL: 
I10
I18
I30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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