Are distributional preferences for safety stable? A longitudinal analysis before and after the COVID-19 outbreak
Arroyos-Calvera, Danae; Covey, Judith; McDonald, Rebecca
Professor Judith Covey firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy makers aim to respect public preferences when making trade-offs between policies, yet most estimates of the value of safety neglect individuals' preferences over how safety is distributed. Incorporating these preferences into policy first requires measuring them. Arroyos-Calvera et al. (2019) documented that people cared most about efficiency, but that equity followed closely, and self-interest mattered too, but not enough to override preferences for efficiency and equity. Early 2020 saw the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event would impose major changes in how people perceived and experienced risk to life, creating an opportunity to test whether safety-related preferences are stable and robust to important contextual changes. Further developing Arroyos-Calvera et al.’s methodology and re-inviting an international general population sample of participants that had taken part in pre-pandemic online surveys in 2017 and 2018, we collected an April 2020 wave of the survey and showed that overall preferences for efficiency, equity and self-interest were remarkably stable before and after the pandemic outbreak. We hope this offers policy makers reassurance that once these preferences have been elicited from a representative sample of the population, they need not be re-estimated after important contextual changes.
Arroyos-Calvera, D., Covey, J., & McDonald, R. (2023). Are distributional preferences for safety stable? A longitudinal analysis before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. Social Science & Medicine, 324, Article 115855. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115855
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Mar 17, 2023|
|Online Publication Date||Mar 23, 2023|
|Deposit Date||Mar 31, 2023|
|Publicly Available Date||Mar 24, 2024|
|Journal||Social Science & Medicine|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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