Estimating the treatment effect of the juvenile stay-at-home order on SARS-CoV-2 infection spread in Saline County, Arkansas

09/18/2020
by   Neil Hwang, et al.
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We investigate the treatment effect of the juvenile stay-at-home order (JSAHO) adopted in Saline County, Arkansas, from April 6 to May 7, in mitigating the growth of SARS-CoV-2 infection rates. To estimate the counterfactual control outcome for Saline County, we apply Difference-in-Differences and Synthetic Control design methodologies. Both approaches show that stay-at-home order (SAHO) significantly reduced the growth rate of the infections in Saline County during the period the policy was in effect, contrary to some of the findings in the literature that cast doubt on the general causal impact of SAHO with narrower scopes.

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