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The Impact of Terrorism on Social Capital: Evidence from the 2015 Charlie Hebdo Paris Shooting
, Shawn J. McCoy, Ian K. McDonough
Published in Wiley
2019
Volume: 82
   
Issue: 3
Pages: 526 - 548
Abstract
We examine the impact of terrorism on social capital by exploiting variation in the 2014 European Social Survey administration dates coupled with the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, France. Using the difference-in-differences estimator, we find that the attack had a positive, causal impact on the overall level of social capital among French respondents. Further, the effect seems to be driven by an increase in institutional and interpersonal trust, as well as by engagement in social networks. This rise in social capital peaks in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack but subsequently decays to pre-attack levels within approximately one month.
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JournalData powered by TypesetOxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
PublisherData powered by TypesetWiley
ISSN0305-9049
Open AccessNo