Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.

Daniel Bennett, Assistant Professor (Research) of Economics, University of Southern California
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: surveys communication risk altruism coronavirus social-psychology human-behavior covid-19

Coronavirus: who is at risk and how do we know?

The risks to individuals vary hugely with age.

Beate Kampmann, Director of The Vaccine Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
March 12, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Tags: pandemic epidemiology risk coronavirus disease-risk covid-19

When safety measures lead to riskier behavior by more people

Behavioral economists explain how widespread use of face masks, hand sanitizer and other preventive measures could counterintuitively encourage riskier behaviors around coronavirus.

Konrad Grabiszewski, Associate Professor of Economics, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business & Entrepreneurship
March 11, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins

Tags: safety risk risk-taking coronavirus behavioral-economics behavioral-science trade-offs covid-19 sars-cov-2

'Sea-level rise won't affect my house' – even flood maps don't sway Florida coastal residents

Can maps of people's flooded properties convince them that rising sea level is a threat?

Toby W. Bolsen, Associate Professor, American Politics, Political Science, Georgia State University
Feb. 7, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise coastal-flooding climate-risk storm-surge

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