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Government Effectiveness and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Economics, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3042; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063042
Received: 13 February 2021 / Revised: 4 March 2021 / Accepted: 7 March 2021 / Published: 10 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Econometric Analysis of Pandemics and Sustainability)
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to derail progress achieved in sustainable development. This study investigates the effectiveness of government policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the number of deaths. Using the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) dataset for a global sample of countries between March and September 2020, we find a non-linear association between government response indices and the number of deaths. Less stringent interventions increase the number of deaths, whereas more severe responses to the pandemic can lower fatalities. The outcomes are similar for a sample of countries disaggregated by regions. These findings can be informative for policymakers in their efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and save lives. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; OxCGRT; policies COVID-19 pandemic; OxCGRT; policies
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Chisadza, C.; Clance, M.; Gupta, R. Government Effectiveness and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3042. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063042

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