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Social connectedness and generalized trust: a longitudinal perspective

Sturgis, Patrick and Patulny, Roger and Allum, Nick and Buscha, Franz (2012) Social connectedness and generalized trust: a longitudinal perspective. Working Paper. ISER.

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Abstract

Social, or ̳generalized‘, trust refers to beliefs that people hold about how other people in society will in general act towards them. Can people in general be trusted? Or must one be careful in dealing with people? Research on the antecedents of social trust has typically relied on cross-sectional regression estimators to evaluate putative causes. Our contention is that much of this research over-estimates the importance of many of these causes because of the failure to account for unmeasured confounding influences. In this paper we use longitudinal data assess the causal status of a particularly prominent mooted cause of trust: the degree to which individuals are socially integrated via formal membership of civic organisations and through friendship networks. We fit a range of regression estimators to repeated measures data from the UK for the period 1998 to 2008. Our results show little support for the widely held view that social trust results from integration within social networks, of either a formal or an informal nature.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information:ISER Working Paper 2012-19
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:11368
Deposited On:26 Oct 2012 10:19
Last Modified:26 Oct 2012 10:19

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