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Modelling the Effects of Socio-Economic Characteristics on Survey Trust: Empirical Evidence from Cameroon


  • Alvin Etang

    () (Department of Economics, University of Otago)


A large number of studies have used both an economic experiment and surveys to measure trust. There is some evidence in the literature on how behaviour in the experiment is related to socioeconomic characteristics (for example, age, gender, income levels, educational attainment, marital status and group memberships). However, the relationship between survey trust and such characteristics has not been explored in the current literature. This paper explores this relationship. Generally, the extent of trust declines as the radius of trust widens, suggesting that social distance is important. The results show some evidence that survey trust is correlated with socioeconomic characteristics. However, the correlates of context-specific and non-context specific trust are different. The number of years lived in the village is the key determinant of non-context specific trust. ROSCA membership is important for non-context specific trust in fellow ROSCA members only. Age and marital status are significantly negatively correlated with non-context specific trust in other village members. Income is what really matters for context-specific trust; however, years lived in the village and whether someone has ever lived in an urban area are also correlated with trust in fellow villagers.

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  • Alvin Etang, 2008. "Modelling the Effects of Socio-Economic Characteristics on Survey Trust: Empirical Evidence from Cameroon," Working Papers 0808, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0808

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    Survey trust; context-specific; non-context specific; socio-economic characteristics; radius of trust;

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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