by Samir Kaddoura

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Data collection is ongoing and the policies documented so far reflect both the volume of policies that countries have implemented as well as our human resource capacity to document them. This document presents some data visualization for the CoronaNet research project. With well over 100 000 policies coded by a large team of research assistants since March 2020, we seek to showcase the productivity of our project and the evolution of the size of it since its conception

Data description

This large dataset of 120712 observations and 102 variables was constructed using a qualtrics survey that our research assistants use to record the policies enacted against COVID-19 that they have found. With such a large number of variables, we will take interest in a few of them here, most notably the type of the policy coded as well as the date the policy was recorded on, and the country a policy originates from. By doing so, we'll be able to visualize which policy types have had the most work put into them as well as potentially notice trends in productivity across the years of CoronaNet activity. This data covers the period from March 28th, 2020 to May 24th, 2022.

Graphs and visualizations

Number of policies per type

This graph shows the number of policies coded in CoronaNet per policy type. We can tell which policy categories have been the most active, with Restriction and Regulation of Businesses contributing to 19 637 policies out of 106 723, or about 18% of all policy types. This makes sense, as it may be the case that the high impact of COVID-19 on businesses lead to a high volatility in their permission to open or not, or their undergoing regulation, leading to a large number of policies enacted.