Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/233118
Authors: 
Serra-Garcia, Marta
Szech, Nora
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
KIT Working Paper Series in Economics No. 150
Abstract: 
Willingness to vaccinate and test are critical in the COVID-19 pandemic. We study the effects of two measures to increase vaccination and testing: "choice architecture" and monetary compensations. Choice architecture has the goal of "nudging" people into a socially desired direction without affecting their choice options. Compensations reward vaccine takers and are already in use by some organizations. Yet there is the concern that compensations may decrease vaccination if compensations erode intrinsic motivation to vaccinate. We show that both approaches, compensations and choice architecture, significantly increase COVID-19 test and vaccine demand. Yet, for vaccines, low compensations can backfire.
Subjects: 
choice architecture
incentives
COVID-19
vaccine hesitancy
test avoidance
JEL: 
D01
D04
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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