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Who Are the Trustworthy, We Think?

  • Johansson-Stenman, Olof

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

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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