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Are happier people more compliant? Evidence from lockdowns

Krekel, Christian, Swanke, Sarah, De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel and Fancourt, Daisy (2020) Are happier people more compliant? Evidence from lockdowns. LSE COVID-19 Blog (24 Sep 2020). Blog Entry.

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What makes people more likely to comply with a lockdown? Christian Krekel (LSE), Sarah Swanke (LSE), Jan-Emmanual De Neve (Oxford University) and Daisy Fancourt (UCL) drew on large-scale surveys and found that happiness predicts compliance, over and beyond a wide range of people’s other observable characteristics. Older and less healthy people seem to be predominantly motivated by risk-avoidance, whereas the motivations of younger ones seem more mixed. People are less likely to follow the rules if they were unhappy.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2021 23:03

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