Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/235398
Authors: 
Toya, Hideki
Skidmore, Mark
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 9028
Publisher: 
Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESifo), Munich
Abstract: 
Over the last year the world experienced the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with unprecedented policy responses. In this paper we examine the determinants of COVID-19 infections and fatalities in a cross-country analysis. We find that countries with greater income, less dense and greater elderly populations, fewer hospital beds, and more freedom experienced greater fatalities, and that travel restrictions and use of hydroxychloroquine reduced deaths. However, we find little evidence that lockdowns reduced fatalities, and though use of PCR testing resulted in more recorded infections, it was unassociated with fatalities.
Subjects: 
pandemic
Covid-19
fatalities
JEL: 
O10
O20
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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