COVID-19 Provides a Rare Opportunity to Create a Stronger, More Equitable Society

Shai Davidai, Martin V. Day, Daniela Goya-Tocchetto, Oliver P. Hauser, Jon M. Jachimowicz, M. Usman Mirza, Nailya Ordabayeva, L. Taylor Phillips, Barnabas Szaszi, Stephanie J. Tepper

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COVID-19—and the ensuing economic fallout—exposed society’s vast inequalities. Current stimulus plans and ongoing debates revolve around restoring society to its pre-COVID-19 state, a singular focus driven by a prevalent status quo bias. We propose that policymakers should adopt a more ambitious goal: to take advantage of the change momentum of COVID-19 to reduce social inequalities in order to build society’s resilience for the next time disaster strikes. We suggest that this redesign will require a focus on the multidimensional nature of social and economic inequalities, and a shift toward strengthening communities rather than a sole focus on individual households and businesses. This crisis should be seen as a unique window for restructuring society by creating new norms and ideals rather than returning to the pre-COVID-19 status quo.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPsyArXiv Preprints
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • COVID-19
  • inequality
  • policy
  • status quo bias

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Davidai, S., Day, M. V., Goya-Tocchetto, D., Hauser, O. P., Jachimowicz, J. M., Mirza, M. U., Ordabayeva, N., Phillips, L. T., Szaszi, B., & Tepper, S. J. (2020). COVID-19 Provides a Rare Opportunity to Create a Stronger, More Equitable Society. PsyArXiv Preprints.