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Polarization and Public Health: Partisan Differences in Social Distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hunt Allcott, Levi Boxell, Jacob C. Conway, Matthew Gentzkow, Michael Thaler, David Y. Yang

NBER Working Paper No. 26946
Issued in April 2020, Revised in August 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Victoria Pu for research assistance. We thank SafeGraph for providing access to the data and the Safe-Graph COVID-19 response community for helpful input. We thank Lubos Pastor along with seminar participants at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago for their comments and suggestions. We acknowledge funding from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the National Science Foundation (grant number: DGE-1656518). For our survey, we registered a pre-analysis plan on the AEA Registry, with ID AEARCTR-0005632. This study was approved by IRBs at NYU (IRB-FY2020-4331), Harvard (IRB17-1725), and Stanford (eProtocol 42883). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Hunt Allcott ----

Hunt Allcott is a paid employee of Microsoft Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Levi Boxell ----

Boxell receives funding from the Institute for Humane Studies and the National Science Foundation (grant number: DGE-1656518). He is also a paid consultant for the World Bank.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Jacob C. Conway ----

I thank the National Science Foundation for financial support through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP, grant number DGE-1656518).

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Matthew Gentzkow ----

I am a member of the Toulouse Network of Information Technology, a research group funded by Microsoft. I have also done paid consulting for Amazon and Analysis Group.

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