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Social Capital and Political Institutions: Evidence that Democracy Fosters Trust
Abstract: This paper finds evidence that more democratic political
institutions increase trust. Second generation immigrants with ancestries
from 115 countries are studied within 30 European countries. Comparing
individuals born and residing in the same country, those whose father was
born in a more democratic country express higher trust than those whose
father was born in a less democratic country. The results are robust to
individual, parental, and ancestral country controls.
Keywords: Trust; Democracy; Political institutions; Cultural transmission; Social capital; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F55; H10; J62; Z13; (follow links to similar papers)
12 pages, November 18, 2013
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Ljunge, Martin, (2014), 'Social Capital and Political Institutions: Evidence that Democracy Fosters Trust', Economics Letters, Vol. 122, January, pages 44-49
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