Reference : Health versus wealth: Saving lives or saving the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Scientific journals : Article
Law, criminology & political science : Political science, public administration & international relations
Computational Sciences
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/46702
Health versus wealth: Saving lives or saving the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic?
English
Lesschaeve, Christophe mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
Glaurdic, Josip mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
Mochtak, Michal mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
In press
Public Opinion Quarterly
Oxford University Press
Yes
International
0033-362X
1537-5331
New York
United Kingdom
[en] COVID-19 ; Taboo-trade-offs ; Intergenerational fairness
[en] Efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis were characterized by a difficult trade-off: the stringency of the lockdowns decreased the spread of the virus, but amplified the damage to the economy. In this study, we analyze public attitudes toward this trade-off on the basis of a survey and survey-embedded experiment of more than seven thousand respondents from Southeast Europe, collected in April and May 2020. The results show that public opinion generally favored saving lives even at a steep economic cost. However, the willingness to trade lives for the economy was greater when the heterogeneous health and economic consequences of lockdown policies for the young and the elderly were emphasized. Free market views also make people more acceptant of higher casualties, as do fears that the instituted measures will lead to a permanent expansion of government control over society.
European Research Council
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/46702
H2020 ; 714589 - ELWar - Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe

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