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Is trust the missing root of institutions, education, and development?

Christian Bjørnskov and Pierre-Guillaume Méon

Post-Print CEB, 2013, vol. 157, issue 3-4, 641-669

Abstract: We report evidence that trust is the missing root relating education, institutions, and economic development. We observe that more trust both increases education and improves legal and bureaucratic institutions, which in turn spurs economic development. We substantiate this intuition with a series of regressions that provide evidence that trust determines both education and the quality of institutions, and that education and institutions in turn affect GDP per capita. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords: Development; Education; Institutions; Social trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
Note: SCOPUS: ar.j
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