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The 9/11 conservative shift

Publication number: 
2015-07
Publication type: 
Working Paper
Author(s): 
Simone Schüller
Abstract: 

This study analyzes the causal impact of the 9/11 terror attacks on individual political orientation and political support intensity using the German Socio-Economic Panel 1999-2003. Exploiting survey interview timing in 2001 for identification and controlling for unobserved individual heterogeneity, I find 9/11 to have increased overall political mobilization. While there is no indication of a considerable switch in support between political blocks, the attacks significantly weakened support intensity among left-wing voters and increased the strength of political support among right-wing voters, indicating a shift in conservative direction.

Keywords: 
political orientation,
party support,
terrorism,
causal inference
JEL classification: 
C23, D72, H56
Date: 
August, 2015