To some degree, all social behaviors may be affected by cultural influences. So which national cultures could be positive influences or negative influences on the prevention of a contagion? (Roser et al., 2020). This paper explores regression models for predicting initial Covid-19 cases per capita by country utilizing only Hofstede’s six Cultural Dimensions (Hofstede et al., 2010).
Regression techniques were applied to develop predictive models for initial Covid-19 rates. Two proposed models were found that explained 54% and 60% of the variability in numbers of initial Covid-19 cases by country: The first model included only Individualism, and the second included a variable representing interactions between three of Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions (introducing a “Hofstede Triad”). Implications and limitations for mathematical modeling of social behaviors, model parsimony, and potential modulation of cultural influences were discussed based on this study’s findings.
Lanier, Charles and Pooni, Navpreet
"COVID-19 and Culture: Individualism Versus Collectivism, Short-Term Versus Long-Term Orientation, and Indulgence Versus Restraint,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 6:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol6/iss2/7
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