Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/233889
Authors: 
Ehlert, Andree
Wedemeier, Jan
Zahlmann, Tabea
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
HWWI Research Paper No. 195
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the role of regional demographic, socioeconomic and political factors on changes in mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides new empirical evidence for the regional differentiation of lockdown measures and indicates a possible reorganization of spatial economic and social activities beyond the course of the pandemic. Spatial econometric models are analyzed using data from the 401 counties in Germany. Our results show that, for example, current high caseloads are negatively related to changes in mobility, whereas a region's socioeconomic composition and rural location have a positive effect. The political and economic implications of the findings are discussed.
Subjects: 
economic geography
COVID-19 pandemic
lockdown
regional interaction
mobility
spatial econometrics
JEL: 
R10
R11
R12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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