Lockdowns as Options
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2021-037/IV
11 Pages Posted: 12 May 2021
Date Written: May 5, 2021
I show that the irreversibility of dying coupled with gradual information acquisition over time on the likely arrival and eventual effectiveness of vaccines confers a real option value to lockdown strategies that delay the incidence of a pandemic.The case for lockdown strategies becomes stronger the more likely vaccine discovery is, and the less uncertainty exists about its effectiveness.
Keywords: Pandemic Dynamics, Stochastic Vaccine arrival, information acquisition, irreversibility, lockdowns, real options
JEL Classification: G12, G13, G18
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