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Francesco Bogliacino, Rafael Charris, Camilo Gómez and Felipe Montealegre
''Fake news and beliefs: evidence from a natural experiment''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.2 )
Can fake news affect individual beliefs? We exploit the natural experiment of ‘the night of collective panic' in Bogotá, combining administrative data from emergency calls, tweets, and elicited beliefs, to answer this question. The outcome variables are the perceived levels of insecurity within the neighbourhood. We fail to reject the hypothesis that the perception of insecurity was unaffected. We cannot exclude that the sample's demographic characteristics drive the null result.
Keywords: fake news; perception of insecurity; beliefs; availability heuristics, motivated reasoning, social identity
JEL: D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty: General
C9 - Design of Experiments: General
Manuscript Received : Apr 02 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 30 2022

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