Are You Enjoying Your Neighbors During the Lockdown? Disputes between Neighbors in Mexican Cities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

24 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2020

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Lauren Hoehn-Velasco

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Adan Silverio-Murillo

School of Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar

University Anahuac Mexico, Business and Economics School

Date Written: November 24, 2020

Abstract

We estimate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on disputes between neighbors using a panel of 70 cities from across Mexico. Our measures of conflicts between neighbors include noise, nuisance pets, unruly children, garbage, and gossip. Using a difference-in-difference strategy, our findings indicate that the lockdown increased conflicts arising between neighbors. We find the lockdown exacerbated disputes related to noise by 42%, unruly children by 35%, garbage by 32%, and gossip by 19%. While the lockdown limited interpersonal interactions on the streets, disputes between neighbors increased as individuals spent more time at home.

Keywords: COVID-19, Disputes, Neighbors, Externalities, Mexico, Cities

JEL Classification: D62, P25, R23, Z18

Suggested Citation

Hoehn-Velasco, Lauren and Silverio-Murillo, Adan and Balmori de la Miyar, Jose Roberto, Are You Enjoying Your Neighbors During the Lockdown? Disputes between Neighbors in Mexican Cities during the COVID-19 Pandemic (November 24, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3737338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3737338

Lauren Hoehn-Velasco

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Department of Economics
35 Broad Street, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Adan Silverio-Murillo (Contact Author)

School of Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey ( email )

Calle del Puente 222
Mexico City, 04210
Mexico

Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar

University Anahuac Mexico, Business and Economics School ( email )

Av de las Torres 131
Olivar de los Padres
Mexico City, Mexico City 01780
Mexico

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