Yamamura, Eiji (2012): Atomic bombs and the long-run effect on trust: Experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan are the only cities in the world that have experienced an atomic bomb attack. This paper explores how this devastating experience affected victims’ tendency to trust others. Individual-level data were used to examine the long-term influence of experiencing an atomic bomb on individuals’ trust. After controlling for individual characteristics, I obtained the following key findings. Individuals who experienced the attack were more likely to trust others. Furthermore, estimation based on a subsample revealed that victims of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb were more likely to trust others than those born in other areas of Japan before World War II. This implies that experiencing an historically traumatic event in 1945 strongly influenced individuals’ trust in others even at the beginning of the 21st century. It follows from this that the effect of this devastating experience was enduring and had a long-term influence on individuals’ values.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Atomic bombs and the long-run effect on trust: Experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.|
|Keywords:||Atomic bomb; Trust; Hiroshima; Nagasaki; War|
|Subjects:||N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation > N45 - Asia including Middle East
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology ; Social and Economic Stratification
N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History > N95 - Asia including Middle East
|Depositing User:||eiji yamamura|
|Date Deposited:||20. Feb 2012 14:06|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 03:35|
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