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dc.contributor.authorGutierrez Rufrancos, Hectoren_UK
dc.contributor.authorMoro, Mirkoen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Evaen_UK
dc.description.abstractThis paper estimates the impact of University reopenings in Scotland in Autumn 2020 on COVID-19 cases in Scottish neighbourhoods. We geolocate all student halls in Scotland, and merge this data with neighbourhood-level case data. We employ a local differences-in- differences strategy and tackle two research questions. First, we ask what was the impact of the start of semester on cases in the student neighbourhoods? Next, we turn our attention to the spillover of cases in the nearby communities to student neighbourhoods. University semester start dates in Scotland are staggered over the month of September, and we deal with this by focusing on each start cluster, as well as implementing the Callaway and Sant’Anna (2020) estimator. We find a substantial and persistent increase in cases in areas containing halls and evidence of persistent spillovers. These effects are linked to the group of Universities that started on 14th September, which include large niversities located in the major urban areas. The cases began to rise on 21st September, with 100 extra cases per 100,000, and peaked a week later with 400 per 100,000, after which they started declining, but persist until the Autumn tightening of coronavirus restrictions bit in November, two months after the restrictions were enacted. Our results invite a re-think of how close contact activities may safely resume.en_UK
dc.relationGutierrez Rufrancos H, Moro M & Moore E (2021) The impact of University reopenings on COVID-19 cases in Scotland. Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-time Papers, Issue 80. Centre for Economic Policy Research.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCovid Economics: Vetted and Real-time Papers, Issue 80en_UK
dc.rightsCopyright is retained by authors. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.en_UK
dc.subjectCovid Economicsen_UK
dc.subjectUniversity reopeningsen_UK
dc.subjectCovid casesen_UK
dc.subjectPublic Healthen_UK
dc.titleThe impact of University reopenings on COVID-19 cases in Scotlanden_UK
dc.typeWorking Paperen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.description.notesThis is a slightly unusual 'publication'. It has been vetted, thus there has been a referee report on this work, but it has not gone through the full peer review process. Due to the time lag in economics of publishing (avg 5 years to publication), this is a compromise way in which Economists have sought to do real-time research.en_UK
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local.rioxx.authorGutierrez Rufrancos, Hector|0000-0003-4470-9874en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMoro, Mirko|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMoore, Eva|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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