Social capital and the spread of Covid-19: insights from European countries


Bartscher, Alina Kristin ; Seitz, Sebastian ; Siegloch, Sebastian ; Slotwinski, Michaela ; Wehrhöfer, Nils


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/55899
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-558999
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 20-023
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > VWL, Wirtschaftspolitik u. Politische Ökonomie (Juniorprofessur) (Siegloch 2014-2018)
School of Law and Economics > VWL, insbes. Finanzwissenschaft u. Wirtschaftspolitik (Janeba)
Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D04 , A13 , D91 , H11 , H12 , I10 , I18,
Keywords (English): Europe , Covid-19 , social capital , collective action , health costs
Abstract: We explore the role of social capital in the spread of the recent Covid-19 pan­demic in independent analyses for Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Swe­den, Switzerland and the UK. We exploit within-country variation in social capital and Covid-19 cases to show that high-social-capital areas accumulated between 12% and 32% fewer Covid-19 cases per capita from mid-March until mid-May. Using Italy as a case study, we find that high-social-capital areas exhibit lower excess mortality and a decline in mobility. Our results have important implications for the design of local containment policies in future waves of the pandemic.

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Bartscher, Alina Kristin ; Seitz, Sebastian ; Siegloch, Sebastian ; Slotwinski, Michaela ; Wehrhöfer, Nils (2020) Social capital and the spread of Covid-19: insights from European countries. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 20-023 [Working paper]
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