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Laissez-faire, Social Networks, and Race in a Pandemic

Pongou, Roland, Tchuente, Guy, Jean-Baptiste, Tondji (2022) Laissez-faire, Social Networks, and Race in a Pandemic. AEA Papers and Proceedings, (112). pp. 325-329. ISSN 2574-0768. (doi:10.1257/pandp.20221116) (KAR id:94788)


We study the effects of race, network centrality, and policies that tolerate some level of virus spread (laissez-faire) on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes in the United States. Our analysis uses unique data on nursing home networks and calibration-based estimates of states’ preferences for health relative to short-term economic gains. Our findings suggest that laissez-faire policies increase deaths. Nursing homes with a larger share of black residents experience more deaths, but they are less vulnerable to laissez-faire policies, especially when not central in social networks. Our findings highlight significant interactions between COVID-19 policies, race, and network structure among U.S. seniors.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1257/pandp.20221116
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Guy Tchuente Nguembu
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 14:42 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 14:10 UTC
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