Quotation Plümper, Thomas, Shaikh, Matthew, Neumayer, Eric. 2021. The logics of COVID‐19 travel restrictions between European countries. Social Science Quarterly. 102 2134-2154.




Objectives The article analyzes the existence of bilateral travel restrictions between European countries during the second wave of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic. The paper tests three sets of theoretically derived predictions, which follow epidemiological, economic, and political logics. Method We analyze a sample of directed bilateral travel restrictions between 27 European countries: 27.26 = 702 country dyads over a period of 6 months during the second wave of the pandemic. Results We find robust and relevant results for the difference in incidence rates, for income from tourism, for trust in government and public administration and for political inclusiveness. Conclusion Our analyses demonstrates that economic and political logics exert a strong influence on containment measures and thus stress the relevance of forming a large societal and political coalition against the pandemic.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Social Science Quarterly
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-C
Language English
Title The logics of COVID‐19 travel restrictions between European countries
Volume 102
Year 2021
Page from 2134
Page to 2154
URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ssqu.13016
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.13016
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ssqu.13016


Plümper, Thomas (Details)
Shaikh, Matthew (Details)
Neumayer, Eric (LSE, United Kingdom)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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