Neighbors Help in a Pandemic


  • Nora Mills Boyd Siena College, United States
  • Matthew Davis Siena College, United States



The degradation of non-market relationships has rendered individuals unnecessarily vulnerable in disasters, including the global pandemic. While local networks of community-based aid that emerge in response to disasters improve the efficacy of response, they tend to be short-lived. This is unfortunate, since the existence and strength of such local networks prior to the onset of disasters not only boosts the efficacy of response but also contributes to the well-being of individuals and communities in non-disaster times. Therefore, individuals ought to establish and strengthen fair-weather local networks of non-market relationships—that is, cultivate neighbor relationships.

Author Biographies

Nora Mills Boyd, Siena College, United States

Nora Mills Boyd is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Siena College. She holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Matthew Davis, Siena College, United States

Matthew Davis is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Siena College. He received his PhD in Economics from American University.




How to Cite

Boyd, N., & Davis, M. (2021). Neighbors Help in a Pandemic. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 14(1), 33–46.