The Importance of Cultural Tightness-Looseness and Government Efficiency for Understanding COVID-19 Growth and Death Rates
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Chairperson: Gilberto Corbellini
The spread of COVID-19 represents a global public health crisis, yet some nations were more effective than others at limiting the spread of the virus during the early stages of the pandemic. We show that cultural variation in the strength of social norms—or tightness-looseness—along with the efficiency of governments—are critical factors in the early spread of COVID-19.
Multilevel models reveal that nations with tight cultures and efficient governments were the most effective at limiting COVID-19’s growth and mortality, controlling for other factors. An evolutionary game theoretic model provided convergent results.