From Anti-Vax Intentions to Vaccination: Panel and Experimental Evidence from Nine Countries

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Vincenzo Galasso

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Bocconi University; University of Bocconi - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bocconi University - Baffi Carefin Centre

Vincent Pons

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Paola Profeta

Bocconi University

Michael Becher

IE University

Sylvain Brouard

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - Center for Political Research

Martial Foucault

Sciences Po - Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF)

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Date Written: 2022

Abstract

Millions of people refuse COVID-19 vaccination. Using original data from two surveys in nine OECD countries, we analyze the determinants of anti-vax intentions in December 2020 and show that half of the anti-vax individuals were vaccinated by summer 2021. Vaccinations were more likely among individuals aged 50+, exposed to COVID-19, compliant with public restrictions, more informed on traditional media, trusting scientists, and less concerned about vaccines’ side effects. We run a survey experiment with informational messages. In EU countries, a message about protecting health largely increases vaccinations, even among anti-vax individuals. In the U.K. and U.S., a message about protecting the economy generates similar effects. Our findings suggest that informational campaigns should adopt adequate narratives and address concerns about vaccines’ side effects.

Keywords: Covid-19 vaccination, randomized experiment, information transmission

JEL Classification: I120, D830

Suggested Citation

Galasso, Vincenzo and Galasso, Vincenzo and Pons, Vincent and Profeta, Paola and Becher, Michael and Brouard, Sylvain and Foucault, Martial, From Anti-Vax Intentions to Vaccination: Panel and Experimental Evidence from Nine Countries (2022). CESifo Working Paper No. 9564, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4033601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4033601

Vincenzo Galasso

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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Vincent Pons (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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Paola Profeta

Bocconi University ( email )

Milan, MI
Italy

Michael Becher

IE University ( email )

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Spain

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Sylvain Brouard

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - Center for Political Research ( email )

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France

Martial Foucault

Sciences Po - Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF) ( email )

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France

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