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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Are Vaccine Lotteries Worth the Money?

Christopher T. Robertson (Boston University), K. Aleks Schaefer (Oklahoma State University), Daniel Scheitrum(University of Arizona), Are Vaccine Lotteries Worth the Money?, SSRN.

This research evaluates the effects of the twelve statewide vaccine lottery schemes that were announced as of June 7, 2021 on state vaccination rates. We construct a dataset that matches information on the timing and location of these lotteries with daily, county-level data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the cumulative number of people who have received at least one dose of an emergency-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. We find that 10 of the 12 statewide lotteries studied (i.e., all but Arkansas and California) generated a positive, statistically significant, and economically meaningful impact on vaccine uptake after thirty days. On average, the cost per marginal vaccination across these programs was approximately $55.

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