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Do Long-Term Natural Disasters Influence Social Trust? Empirical Evidence from China

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School of Economics, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Institute for Advanced Research, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China
3
China Academy for Rural Development, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7280; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147280
Received: 9 May 2021 / Revised: 1 July 2021 / Accepted: 3 July 2021 / Published: 7 July 2021
The natural environment is one of the most critical factors that profoundly influences human races. Natural disasters may have enormous effects on individual psychological characteristics. Using China’s long-term historical natural disaster dataset from 1470 to 2000 and data from a household survey in 2012, we explore whether long-term natural disasters affect social trust. We find that there is a statistically significant positive relationship between long-term natural disaster frequency and social trust. We further examine the impact of long-term natural disaster frequency on social trust in specific groups of people. Social trust in neighbors and doctors is stronger where long-term natural disasters are more frequent. Our results are robust after we considering the geographical difference. The effect of long-term natural disasters remains positively significant after we divide the samples based on geographical location. Interestingly, the impact of long-term flood frequency is only significant in the South and the impact of long-term drought frequency is only significant in the North. View Full-Text
Keywords: long-term natural disasters; social trust; China long-term natural disasters; social trust; China
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Li, Y.; Li, H.; Ruan, J. Do Long-Term Natural Disasters Influence Social Trust? Empirical Evidence from China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7280. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147280

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Li Y, Li H, Ruan J. Do Long-Term Natural Disasters Influence Social Trust? Empirical Evidence from China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7280. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147280

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Li, Yao, Haoyang Li, and Jianqing Ruan. 2021. "Do Long-Term Natural Disasters Influence Social Trust? Empirical Evidence from China" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7280. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147280

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