Scientific advice and the COVID-19 pandemic: Revisiting the asian disease problem

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftForschungsartikelBeigetragenBegutachtung


The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has underscored the importance of scientific knowledge and highlighted the challenge for politicians: They had to rely on expert advice and still had to make decisions under uncertainty due to the lack of long-term health data. This article investigates how expert judgments and expert advice affect the choices between programs that are proposed to combat the outbreak of a viral disease by means of a between-subjects design embedded in a survey. We use the classic Asian disease experiment and extend earlier applications by varying the professional background of the experts (virologists vs. social scientists) within the experimental set-up. We use data from a university wide web-survey to show the persistence of framing effects and that the disciplinary background of the expert is not related to individual decision-making under risk.


Fachzeitschrift International journal of public opinion research / publ. by the World Association for Public Opinion Research
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2024

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ORCID /0000-0003-1106-474X/work/159171583
ORCID /0000-0001-6728-4288/work/159172041
Scopus 85191967505