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Opinions on Technology: A Cultural Divide between East Asia and Germany?

Marc Oliver Rieger, Mei Wang, Max Massloch and Reinhardt,

Review of Behavioral Economics, 2021, vol. 8, issue 1, 73-110

Abstract: We measure attitudes towards technology and government control of technologies in Germany and several countries in East Asia. The results show that technologies are least accepted in Germany, much less than in all East Asian countries. This is the case for every technology under consideration. Surprisingly, the main difference can neither be explained by perceived benefits and risks of the technologies nor by media climate. Therefore fundamental cultural differences (that surprisingly interact with gender differences) seem to be the most likely explanation. Regarding support for government control, we find no significant differences within the democratic states in our study, but much stronger support in the two non-democratic states (China and Vietnam).

Keywords: Technology perception; state control; cultural differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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