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Trust Drives Internet Use
Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of trust on internet use
by studying the general population as well as second generation immigrants
in 29 European countries with ancestry in 87 nations. There is a
significant positive effect of trust on internet use. The positive trust
effect is not universal to all media, as individuals with high trust are
shown to consume less television. The finding provides evidence for one
mechanism through which trust creates good outcomes. Individuals with high
trust spend time online, and eschew the isolation of the TV couch, which
may produce more productive opportunities.
Keywords: Trust; Internet use; Intergenerational transmission; Cultural transmission; TV watching; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D13; D83; J62; Z13; (follow links to similar papers)
24 pages, December 20, 2012
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