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Policy incentives and determinants of citizens' COVID-19 vaccination motives

Claudia Keser and Holger A. Rau

No 434, University of Göttingen Working Papers in Economics from University of Goettingen, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a survey exploring the determinants of vacinees' confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and their motivations to become vaccinated. At the threatening rise of the highly infectious Omicron variant, in December 2021, we interviewed people in waiting lines of vaccination centers. Our results identify risk-averse and social-distancing-compliant people as showing high confidence in the vaccine, which motivates them to receive it for reasons of protecting themselves and others. By contrast, policy incentives, such as "3G/2G" restrictions, motivate risktolerant people who opted for vaccination to get access to public areas. Trusting people who regularly vote are little afraid of vaccines' side effects. Our findings offer insights for policymakers in societies and firms that help to tailor policies promoting vaccination based on people's economic preferences

Keywords: Behavioral Economics; COVID-19; Policy Incentives; Vaccination Motives (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D81 H12 I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-hea and nep-upt
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