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Natural disasters and indicators of social cohesion

Calo-Blanco, A and Kovářík, J and Mengel, F and Romero, JG (2017) 'Natural disasters and indicators of social cohesion.' PLoS ONE, 12 (6). e0176885-e0176885. ISSN 1932-6203

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Do adversarial environmental conditions create social cohesion? We provide new answers to this question by exploiting spatial and temporal variation in exposure to earthquakes across Chile. Using a variety of methods and controlling for a number of socio-economic variables, we find that exposure to earthquakes has a positive effect on several indicators of social cohesion. Social cohesion increases after a big earthquake and slowly erodes in periods where environmental conditions are less adverse. Our results contribute to the current debate on whether and how environmental conditions shape formal and informal institutions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Social Behavior; Disasters; Geography; Crime; Social Class; Chile; Earthquakes
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2018 15:22
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:39

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