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Who Are the Trustworthy, We Think?

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  • Johansson-Stenman, Olof

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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In a representative Swedish sample people were asked to judge the relative extent that different groups of people are considered trustworthy in several dimensions, including their political views and reading habits. A statistically significant effect of similarity on perceived trustworthiness was found in each of the seven dimensions analyzed. For example, right-wing voters consider Social Democratic voters to be much less trustworthy than right-wing voters, and vice versa. Thus, it seems that perceived trustworthiness decreases quite generally with the social distance. It is argued that social identity theory offers a plausible explanation. Moreover, older people are generally considered more trustworthy than younger, and people living in small cities are considered more trustworthy than people living in big cities.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 222.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 22 Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0222

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Keywords: social capital; trustworthiness; social distance; identity; social identity; self-signalling;

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  1. Carlsson, Fredrik & Johansson-Stenman, Olof, 2009. "Voting Motives, Group Identity, and Social Norms," Working Papers in Economics 366, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  2. Jordahl, Henrik, 2007. "Inequality and Trust," Working Paper Series 715, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  3. Daniel Ji & Pablo Guillen, 2010. "Trust, discrimination and acculturation Experimental evidence on Asian international and Australian domestic university students," ThE Papers 09/12, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..

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