Lockdowns and COVID-19 Deaths in Scandinavia

25 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020

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Martin J. Conyon

Wharton School, Center for Human Resources; Bentley University

Lerong He

State University of New York at Geneseo

Steen Thomsen

Copenhagen Business School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: June 1, 2020


We estimate the impact of non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) on COVID-19 deaths in Scandinavia. We exploit policy variation between Denmark and Norway on the one hand and Sweden on the other. The former deployed relatively more stringent lockdowns, the latter did not. Our difference-in-differences models show that stricter lockdown policies are associated with fewer COVID-19 deaths.

Note: Funding: Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Declaration of Interest: None to declare

Keywords: COVID-19, Scandinavia, Lockdowns

JEL Classification: I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Conyon, Martin J. and He, Lerong and Thomsen, Steen, Lockdowns and COVID-19 Deaths in Scandinavia (June 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3616969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3616969

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