In Times of Crisis: Public Perceptions Towards COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps in China, Germany and the US

28 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2020 Last revised: 19 Mar 2021

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Genia Kostka

Freie Universität, Berlin

Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla

Freie Universität Berlin

Date Written: September 16, 2020

Abstract

The adoption of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps (CTAs) has been proposed as an important measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. Based on a cross-national dataset, this paper analyzes public perceptions towards CTAs and the factors that drive CTA acceptance in China, Germany, and the United States. Public acceptance is highest among Chinese respondents where 60 percent strongly accept the use of CTAs, while in Germany and the United States fewer than 20 percent strongly accept its use. Our study shows that the factors influencing these rates are similar in all three countries. Strong predictors of CTA acceptance are the perceived effectiveness of these apps, previous experience with CTAs and use of other health apps, concerns about privacy, and levels of trust in the state.

Keywords: COVID-19, contact tracing apps, acceptance, public perception

JEL Classification: P00, O38, O33, O53, O18, H79, H10, H81

Suggested Citation

Kostka, Genia and Habich-Sobiegalla, Sabrina, In Times of Crisis: Public Perceptions Towards COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps in China, Germany and the US (September 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3693783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3693783

Genia Kostka (Contact Author)

Freie Universität, Berlin ( email )

Boltzmannstr. 3
Berlin, 14195
Germany

Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla

Freie Universität Berlin ( email )

Insitute of Chinese Studies
Fabeckstr. 23-25
Berlin, Berlin 14195
Germany

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