publication . Article . Other literature type . 2021

A cure worse than the disease? Exploring the health-economy trade-off during COVID-19

Oana, Ioana-Elena; Pellegata, Alessandro; Wang, Chendi;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2021
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Country: Italy
Nationwide lockdowns implemented by governments to confront the COVID-19 pandemic came at a high economic price. The article investigates citizens’ evaluation of the trade-off between public health measures and their economic consequences. Using a vignette experiment conducted in June 2020 on 7,500 respondents in seven European countries the article tests whether perceived threats of the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic affect citizens’ preferences for strict or mild lockdown measures. Findings show that European citizens tend to prefer strict measures protecting public health despite their damage to the economy. Even individuals more co...
free text keywords: COVID-19;COVID-19; policy preferences;political trust; public opinion;partisanship; risk perceptions;coronavirus crisis; survey experimentpolarisation, Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
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Policy Crisis and Crisis Politics. Sovereignty, Solidarity and Identity in the EU post 2008.
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 810356
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-SyG
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