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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2022, 4(2); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2022.040207.

Research on Accountability from the Perspective of Behavioral Economics——Taking COVID-19 as an Example


Yuan Xuefeng1, Wang Zongyu1, Yin Dehong1,2

Corresponding Author:
Wang Zongyu

1School of Economics, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing, China

2School of Economics, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China


The key to China's victory in the fight against COVID-19 is the Accountability System for officials. The application of the Accountability System has effectively reduced the probability of ineffective performance of duties, neglect of supervision and oversight and dereliction of duty in epidemic prevention and control, played a role in escorting the resumption of work and production under the new normal of epidemic prevention and control. From the perspective of behavioral economics, with the same level of accountability and incentive, the parties are more sensitive to accountability, but the effect of accountability may be temporary. Once accountability stops, the punished behavior may reappear. Incentive can reduce the intrinsic motivation of people's behavior. Accountability and incentives must be used wisely.


COVID-19; Accountability; Incentives; Behavioral economics

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Yuan Xuefeng, Wang Zongyu, Yin Dehong. Research on Accountability from the Perspective of Behavioral Economics——Taking COVID-19 as an Example. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 2: 28-36. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2022.040207.


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