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Narrative Economics, Public Policy and Mental Health

Annie Tubadji Orcid Logo, Frederic Boy Orcid Logo, Don J. Webber

Applied Research in Quality of Life

Swansea University Authors: Annie Tubadji Orcid Logo, Frederic Boy Orcid Logo

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Abstract

General public’s mental health can be affected by the public policy response to a pandemic threat. Britain, Italy and Sweden have had very distinct approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic: early lock-down, delayed lock-down and no-lock-down. We develop a novel narrative economics of language Culture-Bas...

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Published in: Applied Research in Quality of Life
ISSN: 1871-2584 1871-2576
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa61322
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Abstract: General public’s mental health can be affected by the public policy response to a pandemic threat. Britain, Italy and Sweden have had very distinct approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic: early lock-down, delayed lock-down and no-lock-down. We develop a novel narrative economics of language Culture-Based Development approach, and using Google trend data for seed keywords, death and suicide, we reach two main conclusions: (i) while countries had a pre-existing culturally relative disposition towards death-related anxiety, the sensitivity to the public policy towards COVID-19 was also country specific; (ii) however, significant spillovers from one specific national lockdown public policy to another country’s mental health are identified.
Keywords: Culture based development; Cultural narrative; Narrative economics; COVID-19; Public policy; Health; Cultural hysteresis; Shocks
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences