Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227305
Authors: 
Mendolia, Silvia
Stavrunova, Olena
Yerokhin, Oleg
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13778
Abstract: 
This paper studies the dynamics of human mobility during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in countries around the world. The main goal of the analysis is to empirically separate voluntary reductions in mobility driven by the information about the location-specific pandemic trends from the effects of the government-imposed social distancing mandates. Google human mobility dataset is used to track the dynamics of mobility across a wide range of categories (e.g. workplace, retail and recreational activities, etc), while information on country-specific counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths is used as a proxy for the information about the spread of the pandemic available to the population. A detailed index of stringency of the government-imposed social distancing policies in around 100 countries is used as a measure of government response. We find that human mobility does respond in a significant way to the information about the spread of the pandemic. This channel can explain about 14% of the overall reduction in mobility across the affected countries. At the same time, our results imply that government-imposed policies account for the majority of the reduction in the mobility observed during this period.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
mobility
government response
information
group fixed effects
JEL: 
H12
D70
I18
D80
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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