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MENTAL HEALTH COST OF TERRORISM: STUDY OF THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK IN PARIS

Young-Il Kim and Dongyoung Kim
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Young-Il Kim: School of Economics, Sogang University, Seoul
Dongyoung Kim: School of Economics, Sogang University, Seoul

No 1613, Working Papers from Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University

Abstract: This paper examines whether a terrorist attack in a developed country without a major damage to its capital stocks affects mental health of the residents of target country. By exploiting the variations in survey dates of European Social Survey (ESS), we use difference-in-differences strategy to show that the attack adversely affects subjective well-being and mental health measures of French respondents. These negative effects are stronger for the immigrants and the single people. The impact is less dramatic for politically extreme right-wing supporters. The distance from the origin and residency in border countries have little impact on the measures.

Keywords: Charlie Hebdo; Mental health; Terrorism; Subjective well-being; Cost of terrorism. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D74 I10 I12 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016
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