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Does National Culture Matter to the Understanding of COVID-19 Pandemic? The Relationship between Cultural Dimensions and COVID-19 Cases

  • Journal of the Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Abbr : JSSK
  • 2020, (25), pp.47-77
  • Publisher : The Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North Europe(Scandinavian)
  • Received : June 25, 2020
  • Accepted : July 11, 2020
  • Published : June 30, 2020

Sung-Jun Lee 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of the study is to empirically examine whether the different number of COVID-19 cases by each country worldwide can be effectively explained by national cultural differences. National cultural differences are measured using the results of the three existing large-scale comparative studies, namely Geert Hofstede’s research on cultural dimensions, GLOBE project, and Shalom H. Schwartz’s value orientation research. The results show that individualism vs. collectivism as well as power distance dimension have robust relations with the number of COVID-19 cases.

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