Are Vaccine Lotteries Worth the Money?

Economics Letters, Forthcoming

19 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2021 Last revised: 30 Sep 2021

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Christopher T. Robertson

Boston University; University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law; Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

K. Aleks Schaefer

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Agricultural Economics

Daniel Scheitrum

University of Arizona - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Date Written: September 1, 2021

Abstract

This research evaluates the effects of the twelve statewide vaccine lottery schemes that were announced as of June 7, 2021 on state vaccination rates. We construct a dataset that matches information on the timing and location of these lotteries with daily, county-level data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the cumulative number of people who have received at least one dose of an emergency-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. We find that 10 of the 12 statewide lotteries studied (i.e., all but Arkansas and California) generated a positive, statistically significant, and economically meaningful impact on vaccine uptake after thirty days. On average, the cost per marginal vaccination across these programs was approximately $55.

Note:

Funding: Research assistance (by Megha Mathur and Margaret Houtz) was supported by the N. Neal Pike Scholar fund at Boston University School of Law.

Conflict of Interest: The authors report no conflicting interests relevant to this work

Keywords: COVID-19, vaccination, incentives, health behaviors, public health, lotteries

JEL Classification: L18, K32, D78, H41, H72

Suggested Citation

Robertson, Christopher T. and Schaefer, K. Aleks and Scheitrum, Daniel, Are Vaccine Lotteries Worth the Money? (September 1, 2021). Economics Letters, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3897933 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3897933

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Daniel Scheitrum

University of Arizona - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( email )

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