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The transition from COVID-19 infections to deaths: Do governance quality and corruption affect it?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Bartosz GebkaORCiD, Dr Rama Kanungo, Professor John WildmanORCiD



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We investigate the impact of governance quality and corruption on the propensity of COVID-19 infections to result in deaths, while controlling for a wide range of socio-economic country characteristics, for 139 countries. Governance quality is negatively associated with mortality from COVID-19, for a given number of infections. This result holds for the aggregate governance index and for most of its components, in particular government effectiveness, rule of law, and control of corruption. Corruption among business executives, judges and magistrates, the legislature, and among government officials exerts the largest impact on COVID-induced deaths. We propose directions for future policy initiatives.

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Author(s): Gebka B, Kanungo RP, Wildman J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Policy Modeling

Year: 2024

Issue: ePub ahead of Print

Online publication date: 17/01/2024

Acceptance date: 02/01/2024

Date deposited: 05/02/2024

ISSN (print): 0161-8938

ISSN (electronic): 1873-8060

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2024.01.002


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