Political economy (social provisioning) framework

How would a political economy (social provisioning) framework explain how someone goes about deciding whether or not to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic? How is the political economy explanation of this behavior different than the explanation provided by the free-market (individual self-interest) framework? Note that the question is NOT asking you about YOUR opinion about masks. Instead, use this concrete example to demonstrate that you understand and can apply concepts from the readings in Part I of the course.

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