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Monica MARTINEZ-BRAVO (CEMFI) – “Trust, Compliance with the Rules, and COVID-Management: Evidence from Survey Experiments”
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Date: 19th of October 2021
Room : visioMonica MARTINEZ-BRAVO (CEMFI) – “Trust, Compliance with the Rules, and COVID-Management: Evidence from Survey Experiments”
Abstract: We conduct an online experiment with almost 5,000 individuals. A treatment group is exposed to information regarding the importance of contact tracing to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, and of the number of contact tracers hired by their regional government. A control group is given this information at the end of the survey. We find that individuals greatly over-estimate the number of contact tracers, and hence our treatment provides bad news about the competence of the regional government. We find that the treatment (i) reduces the perceived competence of both the regional and central governments, (ii) reduces trust in government, (iii) reduces willingness to comply with government’s recommendation of getting vaccinated. We also find evidence of blame-shifting towards other levels of government when individuals are politically aligned to the regional government, suggesting that accountability may be difficult in times of polarization.
Benoît SCHMUTZ (Pôle d’économie du CREST)
Anthony STRITTMATTER (Pôle d’économie du CREST)