Inequality and Trust in Sweden: Some Inequalities are More Harmful than Others
Magnus Gustavsson () and
Henrik Jordahl ()
No 673, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics
We present new evidence on the influence of income inequality on generalized trust. Using individual panel data from Swedish counties together with an instrumental variable strategy, we find that differences in disposable income, and especially differences among people in the bottom half of the income distribution, are associated with lower trust. The relationship between income inequality and trust is particularly strong for people with a strong aversion against income differentials. We also find that the proportion of people born in a foreign country is negatively associated with trust.
Keywords: Trust; Social capital; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D31 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ltv and nep-soc
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed
Published in Journal of Public Economics, 2008, pages 348-365.
Downloads: (external link)
Journal Article: Inequality and trust in Sweden: Some inequalities are more harmful than others (2008)
Working Paper: Inequality and Trust in Sweden: Some Inequalities are More Harmful than Others (2006)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0673
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden. Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Elisabeth Gustafsson ().