In their study, based on survey evidence from a representative sample of Dutch respondents taking part in an online panel, Valentina Di Stasio and Tobias Stark examine the association between the social norms of one’s social network and the likelihood to comply with social distancing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Their results show that compliance is stronger for people whose network members follow the rules (descriptive social norm) and expect others to do the same (injunctive social norm). They also present results from a survey experiment in which they test whether this association can be given a causal interpretation.
Valentina Di Stasio is Assistant Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science and the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Utrecht University Her research interests are in the field of social stratification, with a focus on inequalities produced in the labour market.
Tobias Stark is Assistant professor (tenured) at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University. His research interests are in the field of ethnic prejudice and interethnic relations. In particular the link between prejudice and social networks.
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