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Public Trust and Press Freedom

Pavel Yakovlev () and David Gilson ()
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David Gilson: Duquesne University

Economics Bulletin, 2015, vol. 35, issue 1, 214-225

Abstract: According to World Public Opinion poll, no country leader enjoyed worldwide trust in 2008. Only the leaders of China, Iran, and Russia received consistently higher trust ratings domestically than abroad. Not incidentally, these countries also score low in political and press freedoms. We build a parsimonious regression model that seeks to explain differences in trust ratings using country and leader characteristics. We find that just nine variables can explain over 60% of the variation in leader trust ratings. One of the strongest associative determinants of leader trust is press freedom.

Keywords: public trust; press freedom; media; bias; nationalism; democracy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C5 D8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-03-11
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