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
Date Written: October 20, 2018
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.
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