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Effectiveness of Corona Lockdowns: Evidence for a Number of Countries

Autor: Stefan Homburg
Nummer: 671, Apr 2020, pp. 5
JEL-Class: I18

Abstract:
The paper assesses the effectiveness of the large-scale lockdowns that took place during the SARS-CoV-2 (corona) pandemic. Countries considered include the United States, South Korea, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. Our research strategy utilizes the fact that fatal outcomes follow infections with a delay of 23 days. Therefore, the dates of the actual infections can be inferred from the data. The results suggest that lockdowns were superfluous and ineffective.

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