A Matter of Trust? Political Trust and the COVID-19 Pandemic

34 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2021

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Mohammad Reza Farzanegan

University of Marburg - Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)

Hans Philipp Hofmann

Philipps University

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

There is significant cross-country variation in Covid-19 fatalities worldwide. In this study, we analyze the relationship between political trust and fatalities of the Covid-19 pandemic. By performing a cross-country analysis and controlling for other determinants, we find that government trust is negatively associated with Covid-19 cases and deaths. Additionally, our findings suggest that risk communication, in the form of public information campaigns, only decreased Covid-19 cases and deaths in countries with high trust in government. We also find evidence that political trust decreases the risk of removing lockdown policies.

JEL Classification: I120, I180

Suggested Citation

Farzanegan, Mohammad Reza and Hofmann, Hans Philipp, A Matter of Trust? Political Trust and the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021). CESifo Working Paper No. 9121, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3863824

Mohammad Reza Farzanegan (Contact Author)

University of Marburg - Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) ( email )

Deutschhausstra├če 12
Marburg, 35037
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-marburg.de/cnms/wirtschaft

Hans Philipp Hofmann

Philipps University ( email )

Marburg
Germany

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