Do Natural Disasters Enhance Societal Trust?

25 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2014

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Hideki Toya

Nagoya City University - Department of Economics

Mark Skidmore

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

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Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

In this article we investigate the relationship between disasters and societal trust. A growing body research suggests that factors such as income inequality, ethnic fractionalization and religious heritage are important determinants of social capital in general and trust in particular. We present new panel data evidence of another important determinant of trust – the frequency of natural disasters. Frequent naturally occurring events such as storms require (and provide opportunity for) societies to work closely together to meet their challenges. While natural disasters can have devastating human and economic impacts, a potential spillover benefit of greater disaster exposure may be a more tightly knit society.

Suggested Citation

Toya, Hideki and Skidmore, Mark L., Do Natural Disasters Enhance Societal Trust? (May 2014). Kyklos, Vol. 67, Issue 2, pp. 255-279, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2423644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12053

Hideki Toya (Contact Author)

Nagoya City University - Department of Economics ( email )

Yamanohata 1, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku
Nagoya, 467-8501
Japan

Mark L. Skidmore

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

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