Author(s)  
Marta Serra-Garcia
Nora Szech

Willingness to vaccinate and test are critical in the COVID-19 pandemic. We study the effects of two measures to increase vaccination and testing: "choice architecture" and monetary compensations. Choice architecture has the goal of "nudging" people into a socially desired direction without affecting their choice options. Compensations reward vaccine takers and are already in use by some organizations. Yet there is the concern that compensations may decrease vaccination if compensations erode intrinsic motivation to vaccinate. We show that both approaches, compensations and choice architecture, significantly increase COVID-19 test and vaccine demand. Yet, for vaccines, low compensations can backfire.

Publication Type  
Working Paper
File Description  
First version, April 2021
JEL Codes  
D01: Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
D04: Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation
I12: Health Production
Keywords  
choice architecture
incentives
COVID-19
vaccine hesitancy
test avoidance