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Economics & Politics

The Economics of Change and Stability in Social Trust: Evidence from (and for) Catalan Secession

Scientific Article in English
Reference
Bjørnskov, Christian, Miguel Ángel Borrella-Mas and Martin Rode (forthcoming). “The Economics of Change and Stability in Social Trust: Evidence from (and for) Catalan Secession”. Economics & Politics. doi.org/10.1111/ecpo.12198

Authors
Christian Bjørnskov, Miguel Ángel Borrella-Mas, Martin Rode

Consequences of social trust are comparatively well studied, while its societal determinants are often subject to debate. This paper studies both in the context of Catalan attempts to secede from Spain: First, we test if Catalonia enjoys higher levels of social capital that it is prevented from capitalizing on. Second, the paper examines whether secessionist movements create animosity and political divisions within society that undermine trust.

Christian Bjørnskov

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