The Impact of the 2018 North Korea-United States Summit on South Koreans’ Altruism Toward and Trust in North Korean Refugees: Between-Subjects Design Around the Summit

40 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2018

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Han Il Chang

New York University Abu Dhabi

Woo Chang Kang

Department of Politics and International Relations

Date Written: October 20, 2018

Abstract

We conducted two online surveys just prior to and after the 2018 North Korea – United States summit in Singapore, in order to examine its impact on South Korean natives’ altruism toward and trust in North Korean refugees due to the potential increased salience of a common national identity. We find that the summit had positive effects on both outcomes, but that its marginal effects vary according to demographic factors. The summit increased altruism only among respondents above a certain age, yet no such age gap appears regarding trust. In addition, the summit appears to have influenced male and female respondents equally regarding altruism, but only female respondents regarding trust. We conclude by offering policy implications in addition to an interpretation of the summit’s heterogeneous effects on demographic groups.

Suggested Citation

Chang, Han Il and Kang, Woo Chang, The Impact of the 2018 North Korea-United States Summit on South Koreans’ Altruism Toward and Trust in North Korean Refugees: Between-Subjects Design Around the Summit (October 20, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3270334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3270334

Han Il Chang (Contact Author)

New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

Division of Social Science
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Woo Chang Kang

Department of Politics and International Relations ( email )

1 Anam-dong 5 ka
Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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