Escaping Epidemics Through Migration? Quarantine Measures Under Asymmetric Information About Infection Risk
AbstractThis 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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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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- Mesnard, Alice & Seabright, Paul, 2008. "Escaping Epidemics Through Migration? Quarantine Measures under Asymmetric Information about Infection Risk," IDEI Working Papers 521, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
- O19 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
- R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-04-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2008-04-12 (Development)
- NEP-MIG-2008-04-12 (Economics of Human Migration)
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