Special Issue "The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Management: Insights from Health Economics"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 5179
Interests: health economics; behavioral economics; experimental economics
Interests: health economics; experimental economics; public economics
The Covid-19 pandemic is having huge economic and social impact over the entire world. Regarding costs, the pandemic imposes both direct and indirect costs: The former include healthcare expenditure devoted to the treatment of Covid-19 patients; whereas the latter include, on the one hand, losses of productive capacity due to sick leave, disability, and the death of Covid-19 patients, and, on the other hand, losses associated with non-Covid-19 patients as a consequence of delayed care by overwhelmed healthcare systems. On the outcomes side, the pandemic causes losses of health and life years for both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients. Moreover, there is a second set of impacts that stems from the disruption to economic activity caused by nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) implemented by governments, such as social distancing measures (e.g., school and workplace closures), personal protective measures (e.g., wearing face masks), environmental measures (e.g., surface and object cleaning and ventilation), and travel-related measures (e.g., border closures). With no effective antiviral drugs or vaccines available in the immediate future, prevention of infection by means of NPIs is the main (and perhaps only) available lever to “flatten the curve”, and these NPIs will continue imposing severe costs in the form of forgone economic activity, subsequent business failures, and unemployment. Papers addressing these topics containing both theoretical and empirical analyses are invited for this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. José-María Abellán
Dr. Fernando Sánchez-Martínez
Prof. Dr. Ángel López-Nicolás
Assistant Guest Editors
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- Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)
- Economic evaluation
- Behavioral change