Episode 80 – Can More Information Build Trust in the State?

Uzair talks to Dr. Sanval Nasim about research that he has conducted with other academics about ways in which information may or may not build citizen trust in the state.

The working paper is available online at this link –https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/h…

Dr. Nasim is is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His primary research field is environmental and natural resource economics. His research work includes behavioural experiments on air pollution forecasts and information based pollution mitigation interventions, optimal control modelling of water resources, and cost benefit analysis of clean technology adoption. He obtained his PhD in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and a BA in economics mathematics and in history from Colby College in 2008.

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  • 1:00 How was this research conducted and what are the key findings?
  • 15:15 Why does more information not build trust? 19:50 Does coopting religious institutions have an impact?
  • 25:50 Impact of social media disinformation
  • 33:50 Can trust be built in a short period of time?
  • 50:10 Book recommendations