Attitudes on Voluntary and Mandatory Vaccination against COVID-19: Evidence from Germany

42 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2020

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Daniel Graeber

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Christoph Schmidt-Petri

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Carsten Schroeder

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics

Date Written: October 23, 2020

Abstract

We study the willingness to get vaccinated and the acceptance of a policy of mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in June and July 2020 in Germany based on a representative real time survey, a random sub-sample (SOEP-CoV) of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). About 70 percent of adults in Germany would voluntarily get vaccinated against the corona virus if a vaccine without side effects was available. About half of residents of Germany are in favour, and half against, a policy of mandatory vaccination. The approval rate for mandatory vaccination is significantly higher among those who would get vaccinated voluntarily (around 60 percent) than among those who would not be vaccinated voluntarily (27 percent). The individual willingness to get vaccinated and acceptance of a policy of mandatory vaccination correlates systematically with sociodemographic and psychological characteristics of the respondents.

Keywords: COVID-19, vaccination, free riding

JEL Classification: H75, I10, I12, I18

Suggested Citation

Graeber, Daniel and Schmidt-Petri, Christoph and Schroeder, Carsten, Attitudes on Voluntary and Mandatory Vaccination against COVID-19: Evidence from Germany (October 23, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3717703 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3717703

Daniel Graeber

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Christoph Schmidt-Petri

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Carsten Schroeder (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics ( email )

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D-14195 Berlin, 14195
Germany

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