COVID-19 compliance behaviors of older people: The role of cognitive and non-cognitive skills

Andrew Clark, Conchita D'Ambrosio, Ilke Onur, Rong Zhu

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Abstract

This paper examines the empirical relationship between individuals’ cognitive and non-cognitive abilities and COVID-19 compliance behaviors using cross-country data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). We find that both cognitive and non-cognitive skills predict responsible health behaviors during the COVID-19 crisis. Episodic memory is the most important cognitive skill, while conscientiousness and neuroticism are the most significant personality traits. There is also some evidence of a role for an internal locus of control in compliance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110158
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume210
Early online date25 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Cognitive skills
  • Locus of control
  • Personality traits
  • Compliance

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