Stay-at-Home Works to Fight against COVID-19: International Evidence from Google Mobility Data

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020 Last revised: 2 Nov 2020

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HAKAN YILMAZKUDAY

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 1, 2020

Abstract

Daily Google mobility data covering 130 countries over the period between February 15th, 2020 and May 2nd, 2020 suggest that less mobility is associated with lower COVID-19 cases and deaths. This observation is formally tested by using a difference-in-difference design, where country-fixed effects, day-fixed effects as well as the country-specific timing of the 100th COVID-19 case are controlled for. The results suggest that 1% of a weekly increase in being at residential places leads into about 70 less weekly COVID-19 cases and about 7 less weekly COVID-19 deaths, whereas 1% of a weekly decrease in visits to transit stations leads into about 33 less weekly COVID-19 cases and about 4 less weekly COVID-19 deaths, on average across countries. Similarly, 1% of a weekly reduction in visits to retail & recreation results in about 25 less weekly COVID-19 cases and about 3 less weekly COVID-19 deaths, or 1% of a weekly reduction in visits to workplaces results in about 18 less weekly COVID-19 cases and about 2 less weekly COVID-19 deaths.

Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Stay-at-Home, Google Mobility

JEL Classification: I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Yilmazkuday, Hakan, Stay-at-Home Works to Fight against COVID-19: International Evidence from Google Mobility Data (November 1, 2020). Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3571708 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3571708

Hakan Yilmazkuday (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Miami, FL 33199
United States

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