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Does Associational Behavior Raise Social Capital? A Cross-Country Analysis of Trust

Paul Downward, Tim Pawlowski and Simona Rasciute ()
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Paul Downward: Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK.

Eastern Economic Journal, 2014, vol. 40, issue 2, 150-165

Abstract: This paper examines the impact that formal and informal associational behavior has on trust, as an indicator of social capital, across 32 countries. Ordinary Least Square regression identifies a weak effect of association with relatives on generalized trust, that sport and civic/political association raises trust, but cultural and religious associations reduce it. A Generalized Methods of Moments analysis reveals the same results for religious and civic/political association, but the impact of cultural association and that with relatives becomes insignificant, while sport association reduces trust. This suggests that countervailing effects from trust are present in these cases.

Date: 2014
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