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Trust and Growth

  • Oguzhan Dincer

    (Illinois State University)

  • Eric Uslaner

    (University of Maryland-College Park)

Using data from US states, we find a positive relationship between trust and growth. According to our results, a 10 percentage point increase in trust increases the growth rate of per capita income by 0.5 percentage point, growth rate of housing prices by 1.25 percentage points, and the growth rate of employment by 2.5 percentage points over a decade.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2007.73.

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