Ebola and State Legitimacy

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    We exploit the West African Ebola epidemic as an event that necessitated the provision of a common‐interest public good, Ebola control measures, to empirically investigate the effect of public good provision on state legitimacy. Our results show that state legitimacy, measured by trust in government authorities, increased with exposure to the epidemic. We argue, supported by results from SMS‐message‐based surveys, that a potentially important channel underlying this finding is a greater valuation of control measures in regions with intense transmission. Evidence further indicates that the effects of Ebola exposure are more pronounced in areas where governments responded relatively robustly to the epidemic.


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    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe Economic Journal
    Journal publication date23 Aug 2018
    Early online date23 Aug 2018
    Publication statusEarly online date - 23 Aug 2018

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