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Behavioural economics of lockdown compliance: in search of lost time and well-behaved neighbours

Harman, Oliver and Delbridge, Victoria (2020) Behavioural economics of lockdown compliance: in search of lost time and well-behaved neighbours. International Growth Centre Blog (04 May 2020). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

There are some crucial insights that behavioural economics and surrounding psychological evidence can bring to bear on public policies of a lockdown. Such insights are particularly pertinent to leveraging humans’ ‘predictable irrationality’ in its design. Applying this evidence suggests that, where lockdowns are implemented, it might be better for policymakers to impose more stringent and lengthy restrictions from the outset, and then dialling down, rather than shorter restrictions and extending, even if the ultimate length of time in lockdown is the same. For compliance, over-estimate and reduce rather than under-estimate and repeat.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://www.theigc.org/
Additional Information: © IGC 2020
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 15:18
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 23:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106480

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