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COVID-19 and the Role of Economic Conditions in French Regional Departments

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  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Glenn Magerman
  • Ilaria Natali

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The recent outbreak of Covid-19 has infected the world at an incredible speed. While there are many similarities across countries in terms of the characteristics of the epidemic spread, there are also large differences across regions. In this paper, we examine regional variation in the outbreak across continental France. We use information on the number of deaths and discharged patients from Covid-19 and socio-economic variables at the department level. Controlling for other factors, we corroborate existing evidence that, unfortunately, inequality kills: departments with more inequality face a higher incidence rate of the disease, expressed as the number of deaths and discharged (gravely ill) patients. Using covariance analysis combining both deaths and releases, we find no statistically differential relationship across factors that contribute to deaths or recoveries.

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  • Victor Ginsburgh & Glenn Magerman & Ilaria Natali, 2020. "COVID-19 and the Role of Economic Conditions in French Regional Departments," Working Papers ECARES 2020-17, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/305805
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    Keywords

    Covid-19; France; departmental effects on the pandemic;
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    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality

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