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The Political Fallout of Chernobyl: Evidence from West-German Elections The Political Fallout of Chernobyl: Evidence from West-German Elections *
I study the effect of a formative experience on political beliefs in a distant country. This paper looks at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and voters' response in West Germany. The analysis uses a diff-in-diff estimation which exploits variation in proximity to the nearest nuclear power plant (NPP) across 301 counties. Proximity is used as proxy for the shock from perceived risk of a nuclear accident. Using data over almost 40 years and 11 elections, my results indicate thatfatcat:vzck2q6wtrc7bp7sq4bjsmjvuu