Panic buying research: A systematic review of systematic reviews


  • S. M. Yasir Arafat Enam Medical College and Hospital
  • Rakesh Singh
  • Vikas Menon
  • Madhini Sivasubramanian
  • Russell Kabir


Panic buying is an emerging and ever-evolving phenomenon during emergencies covering several perspectives of life and academic domains. However, it hasn’t got adequate attention reflected by a handfuls number of studies on it. We aimed to assess the systematic reviews that have been performed on panic buying. A search was conducted in PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science Core Collection, and Google Scholar on 30 June 2021, with the search terms “panic buying”, ”systematic review” using the Boolean function ‘AND’. The search was also supplemented by hand searching from the reference lists. We included only systematic reviews on panic buying. We identified and assessed five systematic reviews conducted on panic buying. A major focus in these reviews was psychological factors, precipitating reasons, and the inter-disciplinary nature of the phenomenon. The role of social media and social learning have been emphasized in the genesis of panic buying behavior. Panic buying has got recent attention as newer studies are coming out. However, further robust studies are warranted to understand this transdisciplinary construct and therefore, inter-sectoral collaboration in research is required to understand its genesis and prevention strategies.


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Arafat, S. M. Y., Singh, R., Menon, V., Sivasubramanian, M. ., & Kabir, R. (2022). Panic buying research: A systematic review of systematic reviews . South East Asia Journal of Medical Sciences, 6(1), 1–11. Retrieved from



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