Will you still trust me tomorrow? The causal effect of terrorism on social trust
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionPublic Choice, 2017, 173(3-4), 289-305 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11127-017-0477-1
How do people respond to terrorist events? Exploiting the timing of the 2010 wave of the annual ‘Society Opinion Media’ survey in Sweden, we study the causal effect of the Stockholm bombings of 11 December 2010 on Swedish public opinion. Our main contribution is that we draw explicit attention to the link between terrorist events and individuals’ social trust. While we identify a strong effect on individuals’ concern over terrorism, any observed effects with respect to generalised and neighbourhood trust appear to be short-lived—suggesting that isolated terror events have only limited, transitory effects on established social attitudes.
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