Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/231295
Authors: 
Lange, Martin
Monscheuer, Ole
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers No. 21-009
Abstract: 
This study analyzes the impact of COVID-19 deniers on the spread of COVID-19 in Germany. In a first step, we establish a link between regional proxies of COVID-19 deniers and infection rates. We then estimate the causal impact of large anti-lockdown protests on the spread of COVID-19 using an event study framework. Employing novel data on bus stops of travel companies specialized in driving protesters to these gatherings, and exploiting the timing of two large-scale demonstrations in November 2020, we find sizable increases in infection rates in protesters' origin regions after these demonstrations. Individual-level evidence supports the main results by documenting that COVID-19 deniers engage less in health protection behavior. Our results contribute to the debate about the public health costs of individual behavior that has detrimental externalities for the society.
Subjects: 
COVID-19 deniers
protests
public health
JEL: 
I18
I12
D62
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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