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About CoronaNet

The CoronaNet Research Project compiles a database on government responses to COVID-19. Our main focus is to collect as much information as we can about the various fine-grained actions governments are taking to defeat the pandemic. This includes not only gathering information about which governments are responding to COVID-19, but who they are targeting the policies toward (e.g. other countries), how they are doing it (e.g. travel restrictions, banning exports of masks) and when they are doing it.

Together with more than 500 political, social and public health science scholars from all over the world, we present an initial release of a large hand-coded dataset of more than 60,000 separate policy announcements from governments around the world visible since 31 December 2019. Our dataset has already been used by policymakers, academics, and journalists, and we expect to be able to offer more thorough analysis of government responses (both determinants and effects) as we collect more data.

Our principal investigators for this project are:

  1. Cindy Cheng, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich:
  2. Luca Messerschmidt, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich:

Co-Principal investigators for this project are:

  1. Joan Barceló, New York University Abu Dhabi:
  2. Vanja Grujic, Universidade de Brasília:
  3. Allison Spencer Hartnett, University of Southern California:
  4. Robert Kubinec, New York University Abu Dhabi:
  5. Timothy A. Model, Havighurst Fellow at the Miami University:
  6. Caress Schenk, Nazarbayev University:
  7. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich:

Our core paper, which presents our initial findings, has been published by Nature: Human Behaviour.


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Please cite the project and dataset as:
Cheng, Cindy, Joan Barceló, Allison Spencer Hartnett, Robert Kubinec, and Luca Messerschmidt. "COVID-19 Government Response Event Dataset (CoronaNet v. 1.0)." Nature human behaviour 4, no. 7 (2020): 756-768.


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English and German:
Luca Messerschmidt | Hochschule für Politik at the TU Munich

Cindy Cheng | Hochschule für Politik at the TU Munich

Joan Barceló | Social Science Division, New York University – Abu Dhabi

Robert Kubinec | Social Science Division, New York University – Abu Dhabi