Shelter in Place? Depends on the Place: Corruption and Social Distancing in American States
13 Pages Posted: 28 May 2020
Date Written: May 28, 2020
This paper investigates the links between corruption and compliance with social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic in America. Both theory and empirical evidence point to a corrosive effect of corruption on trust/social capital which in turn determine people’s behavior towards compliance with public health policies. Using data from 50 states we find that people who live in more corrupt states are less likely to comply with so called shelter in place/stay at home orders.
Keywords: Corruption, COVID-19, Social Distancing, Trust, Social Capital, American States
JEL Classification: D70, D73, H75, I18
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