Public trust and corruption perception: disaster relief

Weiwei WENG*, Chi-Keung WOO, Yuk Shing CHENG, T. Ho, I. Horowitz

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    Public trust in government and nongovernment organizations is essential to the public’s willingness to donate and to support those organizations. We measure public trust in disaster aid using people’s perception of these organizations’ effectiveness in delivering aid relief to the victims of two recent major earthquakes in China. Based on the survey data collected in 2013 from about 2100 residents in Hong Kong, we document the vulnerability of these residents’ trust perceptions in aid delivery. We find that the sharp decline in trust perception is highly negatively correlated with their perception of corruption of local governments in China.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4967-4981
    Number of pages15
    JournalApplied Economics
    Issue number46
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Economics and Econometrics

    User-Defined Keywords

    • corruption perception
    • disaster aid
    • donor response
    • public trust


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