Event Title

COVID-19 And Global Freedom

Advisor(s)

Patrick Kearney; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Discipline

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Start Date

21-4-2021 10:25 AM

End Date

21-4-2021 10:40 AM

Abstract

The aim of this study is to answer the following question as thoroughly as possible: how has the COVID-19 pandemic effected the global standing of both personal and political freedom? To do this, the study uses the Freedom in the World Index (FIW) scores for 2020 and the trends that the new scores show compared to previous years. The FIW scores and their change from the respective 2019 scores for each country will be analyzed based on several different factors, including severity of the pandemic in different countries (measured in cases per 100,000), a government stringency index based on how strict responses from different countries were in 2020, and GDP per capita to examine if the varying economic capabilities of countries and how that may have effected pandemic severity and stringency in government response (and how it may have affected the FIW scores indirectly through both factors). All analyses were conducted through the programming language R and the text editor R Studio.

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Apr 21st, 10:25 AM Apr 21st, 10:40 AM

COVID-19 And Global Freedom

The aim of this study is to answer the following question as thoroughly as possible: how has the COVID-19 pandemic effected the global standing of both personal and political freedom? To do this, the study uses the Freedom in the World Index (FIW) scores for 2020 and the trends that the new scores show compared to previous years. The FIW scores and their change from the respective 2019 scores for each country will be analyzed based on several different factors, including severity of the pandemic in different countries (measured in cases per 100,000), a government stringency index based on how strict responses from different countries were in 2020, and GDP per capita to examine if the varying economic capabilities of countries and how that may have effected pandemic severity and stringency in government response (and how it may have affected the FIW scores indirectly through both factors). All analyses were conducted through the programming language R and the text editor R Studio.