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Shelter in place? Depends on the place: Corruption and social distancing in American states

Oguzhan Dincer and Robert Gillanders ()

Social Science & Medicine, 2021, vol. 269, issue C

Abstract: We investigate the links between corruption and compliance with social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic in America. Both theory and empirical evidence point to a corrosive effect of corruption on trust/social capital which in turn determine people's behavior towards compliance with public health policies. Using data from 50 states we find that people who live in more corrupt states are less likely to comply with so called shelter in place/stay at home orders. Our results are robust to different measures of corruption.

Keywords: Corruption; COVID-19; Social distancing; Trust; Social capital; American States (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D70 D73 H75 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113569

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