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Fighting COVID-19:Performance of Countries in the First Half of 2020

Roberto S. Mariano and Suleyman Ozmucur ()
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Roberto S. Mariano: University of Pennsylvania

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Abstract: The new coronavirus COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China in November or December of 2019 and spread to the rest of the world in 2020 at varying speed. Some countries responded relatively well, and others responded relatively poorly. Therefore, it is necessary to measure the performance to learn from mistakes and prepare better for the next time, when or if this is over. This is the main objective of this paper. There are two health related and two economy related indicators used as performance indicators. These indicators are used both individually and as part of indexes that we propose in the paper. We also propose the use of cluster analysis for country groupings.

Keywords: COVID-19; Disaster Diamonds; Disaster Index; Principal Components; Cluster Analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C00 C4 E00 E6 I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 71 pages
Date: 2020-11-14
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