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Determinants of the Community Mobility during the COVID-19 Epidemic: The Role of Government Regulations and Information

Silvia Mendolia (), Olena Stavrunova () and Oleg Yerokhin ()
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Silvia Mendolia: University of Wollongong
Olena Stavrunova: University of Technology, Sydney
Oleg Yerokhin: University of Wollongong

No 13778, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper studies the dynamics of human mobility during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in countries around the world. The main goal of the analysis is to empirically separate voluntary reductions in mobility driven by the information about the location-specific pandemic trends from the effects of the government-imposed social distancing mandates. Google human mobility dataset is used to track the dynamics of mobility across a wide range of categories (e.g. workplace, retail and recreational activities, etc), while information on country-specific counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths is used as a proxy for the information about the spread of the pandemic available to the population. A detailed index of stringency of the government-imposed social distancing policies in around 100 countries is used as a measure of government response. We find that human mobility does respond in a significant way to the information about the spread of the pandemic. This channel can explain about 14% of the overall reduction in mobility across the affected countries. At the same time, our results imply that government-imposed policies account for the majority of the reduction in the mobility observed during this period.

Keywords: COVID-19; mobility; government response; information; group fixed effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H12 D70 I18 D80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2020-10
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