DP6653 Escaping Epidemics Through Migration? Quarantine Measures Under Asymmetric Information About Infection Risk.
|Author(s):||Alice Mesnard, Paul Seabright|
|Publication Date:||January 2008|
|Keyword(s):||epidemic diseases, migration, public policy, quarantine|
|JEL(s):||I18, O15, O19, R23|
|Programme Areas:||Development Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6653|
This paper explores implications of the fact that individuals know more than the authorities about their risk of infection and can take migration decisions before their health status is publicly observable. In a 2-period model we study under which conditions the presence of quarantine measures may lead to inefficient outcomes as individuals' interest in migration to escape centres of disease may become stronger and generate negative externalities imposed on other uninfected individuals.