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Government Effectiveness and Covid-19 Pandemic

Carolyn Chisadza, Matthew Clance () and Rangan Gupta ()

No 202104, Working Papers from University of Pretoria, Department of Economics

Abstract: This study investigates the effectiveness of government policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the number of deaths. Using the OxCGRT dataset for a global sample of countries between March and September 2020, we find a non-linear association between government response indices and the number of deaths. Less stringent interventions increase number of deaths, whereas more severe responses to the pandemic can lower fatalities. The outcomes are similar for the sample of countries disaggregated by regions. These findings can be informative for policymakers in their efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and save lives.

Keywords: COVID-19; OxCGRT; policies; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 I18 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2021-01
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