Intergenerational Ties and Case Fatality Rates: A Cross-Country Analysis

12 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2020

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Abstract

COVID-19 is spreading and has reached the state of a worldwide pandemic and health systems are or will be tested in how they can deal with it. So far, during this early phase of the pandemic, outcomes in terms of case-fatality rates (CFR) differ widely across countries. We explore how differences in living arrangements of generations within families contribute to the cross country differences. We document a strong positive correlation between countries' CFRs and the share of working-age families living with their parents. This suggest that policy needs to focus on inter-generational social distance when combating this pandemic.

Keywords: COVID crisis, COVID-19

JEL Classification: E00, I14

Suggested Citation

Bayer, Christian and Kuhn, Moritz, Intergenerational Ties and Case Fatality Rates: A Cross-Country Analysis. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3573284 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3573284

Christian Bayer (Contact Author)

University of Bonn ( email )

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

Moritz Kuhn

University of Bonn ( email )

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

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