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Effectiveness of Corona Lockdowns: Evidence for a Number of Countries

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  • Homburg, Stefan

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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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  • Homburg, Stefan, 2020. "Effectiveness of Corona Lockdowns: Evidence for a Number of Countries," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-671, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  • Handle: RePEc:han:dpaper:dp-671
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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Covid-19 > Health > Distancing and Lockdown > Effect on Health

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    1. Maura Campra & Paolo Esposito & Valerio Brescia, 2021. "State of the Art of COVID-19 and Business, Management, and Accounting Sector. A Bibliometrix Analysis," International Journal of Business and Management, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 16(1), pages 1-35, August.

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    Keywords

    Corona; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Lockdown;
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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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