Explaining Governors' Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States

12 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2020

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Leonardo Baccini

McGill University

Abel Brodeur

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

What is the response of US governors to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this research note, we explore the determinants of implementing stay-at-home orders, focusing on governors' characteristics. In our most conservative estimate, being a Democratic governor increases the probability of implementing a stay-at-home order by more than 50 percent. Moreover, we find that the probability of implementing a statewide stay-at-home order is about 40 percent more likely for governors without a term limit than governors with a term limit. We also find that Democratic governors and governors without a term limit are significantly faster to adopt statewide orders than Republican governors and governors with a term limit. There is evidence of politics as usual in these unusual times.

Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, ideology, governors, United States

JEL Classification: H51, I15, P16

Suggested Citation

Baccini, Leonardo and Brodeur, Abel, Explaining Governors' Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13137, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3579229

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Abel Brodeur

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