Department of Economics and Business Economics

Did Lockdown Work? An Economist's Cross-Country Comparison

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I explore the association between the severity of lockdown policies in the first half of 2020 and mortality rates. Using two indices from the Blavatnik Centre's COVID-19 policy measures and comparing weekly mortality rates from 24 European countries in the first halves of 2017-2020, addressing policy endogeneity in two different ways, and taking timing into account, I find no clear association between lockdown policies and mortality development.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCESifo Economic Studies
Pages (from-to)318-331
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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    Research areas

  • COVID-19, epidemic, policy responses

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