The Virus of Fear: The Political Impact of Ebola in the U.S

@article{Campante2020TheVO,
  title={The Virus of Fear: The Political Impact of Ebola in the U.S},
  author={Filipe R. Campante and Emilio Depetris-Chauv{\'i}n and Ruben Durante},
  journal={PSN: Disease \& Illness (Topic)},
  year={2020}
}
We study how fear can affect the behavior of voters and politicians by looking at the Ebola scare that hit the U.S. a month before the 2014 midterm elections. Exploiting the timing and location of the four cases diagnosed in the U.S., we show that heightened concern about Ebola, as measured by online activity, led to a lower vote share for the Democrats in congressional and gubernatorial elections, as well as lower turnout, despite no evidence of a general anti-incumbent effect (including on… 

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