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Trust and Prosocial Behaviour in a Process of State Capacity Building: the Case of the Palestinian Territories

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  • Luca Andriani

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    (Department of Management, Birkbeck College University of London)

  • Fabio Sabatini

    (Department of Economics and Law, University La Sapienza)

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    This paper contributes to the literature by conducting the first empirical investigation into the determinants of prosocial behaviour in the Palestinian territories, with a focus on the role of trust and institutions. Drawing on a unique dataset collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample of the population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, we have found that institutional trust is the strongest predictor of prosociality. This result suggests that, in collectivist societies with low levels of generalized trust, the lack of citizens’ confidence in the fairness and efficiency of public institutions may compromise social order. The strengthening of institutional trust may also reinforce prosocial behaviour in individualist societies, where a decline in generalized trust has been documented by empirical studies

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    Paper provided by Birkbeck Department of Management in its series Management Working Papers with number 6.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2013
    Date of revision: Oct 2013
    Publication status: Published on Birkbeck Deparment of Management web site, October 2013, pages 1-32
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