War and Social Attitudes

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Travers Child

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Elena Nikolova

Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI); University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies; IOS Regensburg

Date Written: December 17, 2017

Abstract

We study the long-run effects of conflict on social attitudes, with World War II in Central and Eastern Europe as our setting. Much of earlier work has relied on self-reported measures of victimization, which are prone to endogenous misreporting. With our own survey-based measure, we replicate established findings linking victimization to political participation, civic engagement, optimism, and trust. Those findings are reversed, however, when tested instead with an objective measure of victimization based on historical reference material. Thus, we urge caution when interpreting survey-based results from this literature as causal.

Keywords: conflict, attitudes, World War II

JEL Classification: D74, N44, P20

Suggested Citation

Child, Travers and Nikolova, Elena and Nikolova, Elena, War and Social Attitudes (December 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817856 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2817856

Travers Child (Contact Author)

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) ( email )

Shanghai-Hongfeng Road
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Shanghai 201206
China

Elena Nikolova

University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies ( email )

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London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) ( email )

Zvolensk√° 29
Bratislava, 82109
Slovakia

IOS Regensburg ( email )

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Regensburg, 93047
Germany

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