Social Values & Mask Wearing in 2020: A Data Visualization
Author: Dr. Nicole Olynk Widmar, Associate Head and Professor, Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics,
Dr. Courtney Bir, Assistant professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
Over the last several months, we have worked to employ economics and decision making principles and frameworks to help understand pandemic-era social decisions from how we shopped for meat and eggs to whether we postponed once-in-a-lifetime expenditures to mask wearing and vaccine intentions. We’re now pleased to share a recently-released journal article from Preventative Medicine on which we collaborated to bring together mask wearing in response to COVID-19 risk with other societal values, such as feeling a societal obligation to the elderly or children, or even whether you wear your seatbelt. Our article is available freely (without paid access!) for the month of October 2021 at this link: Societal values and mask usage for COVID-19 control in the US. We’re also working on presenting data differently here in Consumer Corner, so we’re thrilled to summarize our article for you in the latest addition to our Corner – infographic form!