Source: Bloom, Nick
Source: Ahir, Hites
Source: Furceri, Davide
Release: World Uncertainty Index
The index of discussion about pandemics is constructed by counting the number of times a word related to pandemics is mentioned in the Economist Intelligence Unit country reports. Specifically, the index is the percent of the words related to pandemic episodes in EIU country reports, multiplied by 1,000. A higher number means higher discussion about pandemics and vice versa.
Please see Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom and Davide Furceri (2018), 'The World Uncertainty Index' for additional explanation.
Bloom, Nick, Ahir, Hites and Furceri, Davide, Discussion About Pandemics Index for Namibia [WPDINAM], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/WPDINAM, October 20, 2020.