Legal origins and government COVID-19 control measures

Fredriksson, Per G and Gupta, Satyendra Kumar (2021) Legal origins and government COVID-19 control measures. Applied Economics Letters, 28 (21). pp. 1865-1871. ISSN 13504851

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A speedy response made a significant difference to the number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19. Did legal philosophies matter for policy responses? We find that when 100 cases had been diagnosed (and 7–14 days thereafter), common law countries had implemented weaker measures than civil law countries. However, no significant difference is found for COVID-19 related deaths. Lower vulnerability is also associated with weaker policies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Coronavirus | pandemic | legal system | legal origin | lockdown policy
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2021 14:46
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 09:07
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Additional Information: We thank a helpful referee and James Ang for comments. The usual disclaimers apply. The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author, Per Fredriksson, upon request.


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