Coronagraben: Culture and Social Distancing in Times of COVID-19

  title={Coronagraben: Culture and Social Distancing in Times of COVID-19},
  author={Neha Deopa and Piergiuseppe Fortunato},
Social distancing measures have been introduced in many countries in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The rate of compliance to these measures has varied substantially. This research paper studies how cultural differences can explain this variance using data on mobility in Swiss cantons between January and May 2020. We find that mobility declined after the outbreak but significantly less in the German-speaking region. Contrary to the evidence in the literature, we find that…