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Friday, January 12, 2018

Troiano on Violent Crime, Social Capital, and Political Behavior

Ugo Troiano (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics) has posted Does Experiencing Violent Crimes Matter for Social Capital and Political Behavior? on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Do early experiences of violent crimes matter? In this paper I investigate this question by using data from the General Social Survey combined with regional data about violent crime. People who experienced during adolescence high rate of violent crime have a lower probability of trusting others and thinking that others are trying to be helpful, and a higher probability of thinking that others want to take advantage of them, accounting for many confounding factors. Additionally, they have a lower probability of being affiliated with political clubs, and are less likely to have an affiliation with the democratic party.

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