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Addressing threats like Covid: why we will tend to over-react and how we can do better

Mark Pingle ()
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Mark Pingle: University of Nevada

Mind & Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, 2022, vol. 21, issue 1, No 2, 9-23

Abstract: Abstract A number of behavioral economic insights suggest we will tend to overreact, individually and collectively, to a new, serious, but low probability health threat, like Covid 19. To respond more effectively to such threats, we should recognize why we will tend to overreact and prepare in advance not to do so. We also should recognize the usefulness in giving lower level governments, non-profits, and less formal communities some ability to respond, rather than presuming we should address a significant threat like Covid using the highest level of government.

Keywords: Covid; Loss aversion; Status quo bias; Certainty effect; Ambiguity; Emotion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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