Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy In Indonesia: Association Between Vaccination And Voting Patterns In 2019 Presidential Election


About the Webinar

Indonesia launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme earlier than other countries in South-East Asia. Yet, the proportion of fully vaccinated people has been lower than in most of those neighbouring countries. It is often pointed out that besides the inadequate global supply of the Covid-19 vaccine, its vast geographical area with larger population size and people’s reluctance to be vaccinated have been reasons for the slow uptake in Indonesia.

This webinar will discuss the background of the Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in Indonesia, especially focusing on the role of trust in government. Using Indonesia’s district-level (kabupaten/kota) aggregate information, the speaker will present preliminary results of a cross-sectional analysis. The results show a statistically significant association between Covid-19 vaccination coverage and the incumbent president’s vote margin in the 2019 presidential election, after controlling for district-level characteristics such as population, area, urbanisation rate, the share of residents with higher education, poverty rate, the proportion of Muslims and the share of households that have accepted public immunisation programmes for children.

About the Speaker

Takayuki Higashikata is a Resident Associate Fellow in the Indonesian Studies Programme at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute as well as a Senior Overseas Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO). He joined IDE in 2003 after graduating from Kyoto University with a master’s degree in economics. From 2010 to 2012, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM), University of Indonesia. His research explores the Indonesian economy, especially focusing on poverty reduction, urbanisation, decentralisation and voting behaviour. His current work focuses on minimum wage effects on employment in decentralised Indonesia and the effects of in-migration in Indonesia’s urban areas.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Jul 15 2022


10:00 am - 11:00 am