Shelter in Place? Depends on the Place: Corruption and Social Distancing in American States

13 Pages Posted: 28 May 2020

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Oguzhan C. Dincer

Illinois State University - Department of Economics; Illinois State University-Institute for Corruption Studies

Robert Gillanders

Dublin City University Business School

Date Written: May 28, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dincer, Oguzhan C. and Gillanders, Robert, Shelter in Place? Depends on the Place: Corruption and Social Distancing in American States (May 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3613186 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3613186

Oguzhan C. Dincer (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

Illinois State University-Institute for Corruption Studies ( email )

Stevenson Hall 425
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

Robert Gillanders

Dublin City University Business School ( email )

Dublin 9
Ireland
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HOME PAGE: http://https://business.dcu.ie/staff/dr-robert-gillanders/

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