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The Covid-19 containment effects of public health measures - A spatial difference-in-differences approach

Kosfeld, Reinhold and Mitze, Timo and Rode, Johannes and Wälde, Klaus (2021):
The Covid-19 containment effects of public health measures - A spatial difference-in-differences approach.
n/a, In: Journal of Regional Science, 2021 (n/a), DOI: 10.1111/jors.12536,
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Abstract

The paper studies the containment effects of public health measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020 in Germany. To identify the effects of six compound sets of public health measures, we employ a spatial difference-in-differences approach. We find that contact restrictions, mandatory wearing of face masks and closure of schools substantially contributed to flattening the infection curve. The significance of the impact of restaurant closure does not prove to be robust. No incremental effect is evidenced for closure of establishments and the shutdown of non-essential retail stores.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2021
Creators: Kosfeld, Reinhold and Mitze, Timo and Rode, Johannes and Wälde, Klaus
Title: The Covid-19 containment effects of public health measures - A spatial difference-in-differences approach
Language: English
Abstract:

The paper studies the containment effects of public health measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020 in Germany. To identify the effects of six compound sets of public health measures, we employ a spatial difference-in-differences approach. We find that contact restrictions, mandatory wearing of face masks and closure of schools substantially contributed to flattening the infection curve. The significance of the impact of restaurant closure does not prove to be robust. No incremental effect is evidenced for closure of establishments and the shutdown of non-essential retail stores.

Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Regional Science
Volume: n/a
Journal volume: 2021
Number: n/a
Uncontrolled Keywords: containment effects, Covid-19, public health measures, spatial difference-in-differences, codes: C23, I18, R15
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > International Economics
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2021 11:23
DOI: 10.1111/jors.12536
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jors.12536
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