The power of beliefs: Evidence on the influence of trust on self-assessed health
AbstractThis paper estimates the influence of trust on self-assessed health. Second generation immigrants in a broad set of European countries with ancestry from across the world are studied. There is a significant positive effect of trust on selfassessed health. Health has both intrinsic and instrumental value. The finding provides evidence for one mechanism through which trust creates desirable outcomes. Individuals with high trust feel healthier. As health may promote a more productive life, it may be one channel through which trust increases national income. The results suggest policy put more emphasis on promoting social trust.
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Date of creation: 28 Aug 2012
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trust; self-assessed health; subjective health; intergenerational transmission; cultural transmission;
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- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
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- NEP-ALL-2012-10-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2012-10-06 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-HEA-2012-10-06 (Health Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2012-10-06 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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