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Yating Chuang and John Chung-En Liu
''Who wears a mask? Gender differences in risk behaviors in the COVID-19 early days in Taiwan''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.4 )
We evaluate mask-wearing behaviors in response to COVID-19 based on 12,208 observations in February 2020 in Taiwan. We find that, compared to men, women are 16 percent more likely to wear masks as a way to protect themselves during the pandemic. The protective behaviors, however, decrease significantly when people are with others. This gender difference in mask-wearing has dropped the most when people are with a mixed-gender group. Our results call for attention to gender differences and peer dynamics when discussing health protection behaviors in the COVID-19 crisis.
Keywords: Risk Preference, Risk Behavior, Face Masks, Gender, Peer Effects, Taiwan, COVID-19
JEL: I1 - Health: General
C9 - Design of Experiments: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 01 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Oct 12 2020

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