Revenge of the experts: Will COVID-19 renew or diminish trust in science?

Cevat G. Aksoy, Barry Eichengreen and Orkun Saka

It is argued that COVID-19 will reverse the ongoing trend of challenging the value of science and the integrity of scientists. This column shows that exposure to epidemics in one’s country of residence during the ‘impressionable years’ of ages 18 to 25 has no impact on confidence in science as an enterprise, but negatively affects views of the honesty and public-spiritedness of scientists.