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Mobility Zones

Ferdinando Monte

NBER Working Paper No. 27236
Issued in May 2020
NBER Program(s):Health Economics, International Trade and Investment

This short note constructs Mobility Zones to facilitate the discussion on the geographic extent of individual mobility restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19. Mobility Zones are disjoint sets of counties where a given level of individual mobility directly or indirectly connects all counties within each set. I compute Mobility Zones for the United States and each state using smartphone-based mobility data between counties. The average area and population of Mobility Zones have slightly grown at the onset of the epidemic and have sharply shrunk afterward. Pre-Covid-19 Mobility Zones may be useful in calibrating quantitative studies of targeted restriction policies, or for policymakers deciding on the adoption of specific mobility measures. Two examples suggest the use of Mobility Zones to inform within-state differences and cross-state coordination in mobility restriction policies.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w27236

Published: Ferdinando Monte, 2020. "Mobility Zones," Economics Letters, vol 194.

 
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