Social Contacts in the Post-Lockdown Period
9 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2020
Date Written: December 2, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought tighter restrictions on the daily lives of millions of people. In this paper, we investigate the effects of the pandemic on social contacts during the post-lockdown period in the UK. We find a negative correlation between social contacts and individual concerns for health risks and a new lockdown. We also find a substantial “inefficiency” in socialization in the post-lockdown period. These results support a scenario in which social contacts stay low for a long while, perhaps impacting negatively on well-being in the long run.
Keywords: social contacts, COVID-19, count model, inefficiency
JEL Classification: Z13, D91, H12, I18, C13
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