Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224013
Authors: 
Giuliano, Paola
Wacziarg, Romain
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13571
Abstract: 
We argue that low levels of social capital are conducive to the electoral success of populist movements. Using a variety of data sources for the 2016 US Presidential election at the county and individual levels, we show that social capital, measured either by the density of memberships in civic, religious and sports organizations or by generalized trust, is significantly negatively correlated with the vote share and favorability rating of Donald Trump around the time of the election.
Subjects: 
social capital
voting behavior
populism
JEL: 
D72
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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