In this part of the site we will publish in the future aggregate level data giving a general overview and data on a specific theme or question related to the topics covered in our Compendium and others we believe can complement them. It will help provide a broader comparative picture and identify trends, with the Compendium reports offering the unique exploration of each country's context.

The project budget includes funds earmarked for the creation of datasets or a comprehensive database. It will also fund a post-doctoral political science researcher with quantitative social science research skills and some element of topical expertise (the 'Post-Doc').

Country selection

The LAC19 countries were chosen intentionally to cover a range of socio-political criteria: income inequality, rule of law, regime type, legal system type, presidential and parliamentary structures, federal and unitary systems and public health data on morbidity and mortality.  This will help researchers explore links between these themes and trends in Covid-19 responses. A more detailed paper with the analysis performed prior to the selection of countries will be made available here in due course.

Sources of Data

The LAC19 data will be obtained in three ways. First, information will be drawn from either a distributed questionnaire to country teams or manual coding of country reports carried out by members of the Editorial Committee with research assistance.  In this case, any questionnaire would only ask for the same information contained in the country report.  Second, where there is a theme which is covered lightly or in less depth in country reports we may seek to circulate optional topical questionnaires to country-teams to fill out a comparative picture rapidly. Third, where a particularly important issue arises, we may seek to hold a 'snap poll' on a question where we think that in-country experts could easily provide an answer. LAC19 data would be held on this page and publicised through LAC19 blogs and through the group's Twitter feed. One such method has already been used on the topic of compulsory vaccination (the results and analysis are available in the main part of this website).

Jeff King & Octávio Luiz Motta Ferraz

25 April 2021