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Asocial Capital: Civic Culture and Social Distancing during COVID-19

Ruben Durante, Luigi Guiso () and Giorgio Gulino ()
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Ruben Durante: ICREA, UPF, Barcelona School of Economics, IPEG, and CEPR

No 2012, EIEF Working Papers Series from Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Abstract: Social distancing can slow the spread of COVID-19 if citizens comply with it and internalize the cost of their mobility on others. We study how civic values mediate this process using data on mobility across Italian provinces between January and May 2020. We find robust evidence that after the virus outbreak mobility declined, but significantly more in areas with higher civic capital, both before and after a mandatory national lockdown. Simulating a SIR model calibrated on Italy, we estimate that if all provinces had the same civic capital as those in top-quartile, COVID-related deaths would have been ten times lower.

Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2020, Revised 2020-05
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