Do Lives Matter? Why Football Players Get Tested for the Coronavirus and Why Nurses Do not An Analysis of Governmental Decisions in Germany

7 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020

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Frank Lehrbass

L*PARC (Lehrbass Predicitive Analytics and Risk Consulting); FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management; University of the Bundesbank

Date Written: May 6, 2020

Abstract

It poses a challenge to understand why nurses working with elderly people living in care homes or being in ambulant care have not yet been tested for the coronavirus, whereas teams in the German top football leagues have been tested before going back to practice again.

How can this riddle be solved? For me, there are two possible explanations: Either the German government acts rationally only in certain cases or there are other things in the interest of the German government than just the number of headcount of lives. In this working paper, I argue for the latter and try to prove it.

Keywords: Coronavirus, football, care homes, test kits

JEL Classification: D7, F5, G18, H1, H51

Suggested Citation

Lehrbass, Frank, Do Lives Matter? Why Football Players Get Tested for the Coronavirus and Why Nurses Do not An Analysis of Governmental Decisions in Germany (May 6, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3594098 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3594098

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