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Escaping Epidemics Through Migration? Quarantine Measures Under Asymmetric Information About Infection Risk

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  • Mesnard, Alice
  • Seabright, Paul

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This paper explores implications of the fact that individuals know more than the authorities about their risk of infection and can take migration decisions before their health status is publicly observable. In a 2-period model we study under which conditions the presence of quarantine measures may lead to inefficient outcomes as individuals' interest in migration to escape centres of disease may become stronger and generate negative externalities imposed on other uninfected individuals.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 6653.

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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:6653

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Keywords: epidemic diseases; migration; public policy; quarantine;

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  1. Gersovitz, Mark & Hammer, Jeffrey S., 2001. "The economic control of infectious diseases," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2607, The World Bank.
  2. Geoffard, P.Y. & Philipson, T., 1995. "Rational Epidemics and their Public Control," DELTA Working Papers 95-15, DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure).
  3. Mesnard, Alice & Seabright, Paul, 2008. "Migration and The Equilibrium Prevalence of Infectious Diseases," CEPR Discussion Papers 6651, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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