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Trust in Science and Demand for Narratives

  • Series
    PhD Lunch Seminars
  • Field
    Behavioral Economics
  • Location
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, Polak 2-14
  • Date and time

    June 01, 2022
    12:00 - 13:00

Political economy literature suggests that populist politicians use simple language (Guriev & Papaioannou 2020, Levy et al. 2022, Sonin forthcoming) and may attract the support of individuals with low trust in science which may favor a straightforward communication style. In addition, populist politicians often oppose formal science potentially reinforcing this mechanism. This project intends to investigate one potential mechanism behind these divisions. We will investigate whether low trust in science leads individuals to favors simpler and less factual narratives which may contribute to this societal divide.