Can behavioural economics help with the enforcement of social distancing?

People’s compliance with lockdown, social distancing instructions and other protective measures are influenced by their beliefs, expectations and concern for others. Insights from behavioural economics can help in the design of effective policies. by Mirco Tonin To mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary that people change their daily behaviour. This process can be helped using a variety of tools that go from fines in cases of non-compliance with lockdown measures to appeals by public authorities. To identify the policies that are most likely to work, standard economic analysis tells us that it is essential to understand […]