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Ageing Society and SARS-CoV-2 Mortality: Does the Healthcare Absorptive Capacity Matter?

Mohammad Reza Farzanegan ()

Journal of Risk and Financial Management, 2020, vol. 13, issue 11, 1-13

Abstract: This study examines the effect of the elderly population on SARS-CoV-2 Disease (COVID-19) mortality for a sample of 146 countries. It shows that the elderly population is robustly associated with higher COVID-19 mortality. This effect, however, decreases significantly in countries with higher health care absorptive capacity. The results are robust to control for a set of economic, institutional and regional variables.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2 pandemic; disaster; old-age demographic structure; mortality; healthcare absorptive capacity; hospital beds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C E F2 F3 G (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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