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Does social trust determine social progress? Evidence for the European regions

Jesús Peiró-Palomino, Lisa Gianmoena, Andres Picazo-Tadeo and Vicente Rios
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Jesús Peiró-Palomino: Universiy of Valencia and INTECO
Lisa Gianmoena: University of Pisa

No 2305, Working Papers from Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia

Abstract: Social trust is a heavily rooted element whose positive impact on economic performance has been widely corroborated for many contexts. However, the understanding of social progress disparities in aspects other than income is attracting increasing attention and is a key goal for the European Commission. European regions present notable disparities in many non-economic aspects that characterize advanced societies such as personal rights, freedom, tolerance and inclusion and access to advanced education. This paper provides fresh evidence on the impact of social trust on a wide array of aspects categorized as advanced features of social progress in the framework of the European Social Progress Index 2020 (EU-SPI). The results show a positive impact of social trust on most of the indicators, which is robust to endogeneity issues. These insights help to understand the enormous differences in terms of social progress across European regions and provide useful information for the design of future policies that pursue a more equal Europe.

Keywords: European regions; European Social Progress Index; Social trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-des, nep-eec, nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-mfd, nep-soc and nep-ure
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