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dc.contributor.authorDelavande, Adelineen_US
dc.contributor.authorZafar, Basiten_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-02en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-17T14:32:17Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-17T14:32:17Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/60745-
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates how attitudes toward the United States are affected by the provision of information. We use an experimentally generated panel of attitudes, obtained by providing urban Pakistanis with fact-based statements describing the United States in either a positive or negative light. Anti-American sentiment is high and heterogenous in our sample at the baseline. We find that revised attitudes are, on average, significantly different from baseline attitudes, indicating that providing information had a meaningful effect on U.S. favorability. Observed revisions are a consequence of both the salience of already known information and information acquisition that leads to a convergence in attitudes across respondents with different priors. This analysis provides evidence that (i) public opinions are not purely a cultural phenomenon and are malleable, and (ii) the tendency of respondents to ignore information not aligned with their priors can be overcome. Our findings make the case for dissemination of accurate information about various aspects of the Pakistan-U.S. relationship in order to improve opinion toward the United States.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherFederal Reserve Bank of New York New York, NYen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesStaff Report, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 558en_US
dc.subject.jelD83en_US
dc.subject.jelL80en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordattitudesen_US
dc.subject.keywordinformationen_US
dc.subject.keywordanti-Americanismen_US
dc.subject.keywordmediaen_US
dc.titleHow deeply held are anti-American attitudes among Pakistani youth? Evidence using experimental variation in informationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn715049909en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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