Expectations about Covid-19 social-distancing measures in Italy and their impact on compliance

by Guglielmo Briscese, Nicola Lacetera, Mario Macis, and Mirco Tonin Social distancing measures have a central role in the strategy to fight the spread of Covid-19, and they are being implemented in an increasing number of countries. A key element for their success is to ensure that people comply with them. Compliance, however, cannot be taken for granted, as the economic and psychological costs associated with “stay-at-home” orders are substantial. While there may be some adaptation over time (e.g. with the introduction of online lectures by schools), it is reasonable to assume that these costs are increasing with the duration […]