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dc.contributor.authorRainer, Helmuten_US
dc.contributor.authorSiedler, Thomasen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T15:47:34Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T15:47:34Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/18502-
dc.description.abstractThe level of trust inherent in a society is important for a wide range of microeconomic and macroeconomic outcomes. This paper investigates how individuals? attitudes toward social and institutional trust are shaped by the political regime in which they live. The German reunification is a unique natural experiment that allows us to conduct such a study. Using data from the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) and from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), we obtain two sets of results. On one side, we find that, shortly after reunification, East Germans displayed a significantly less trusting attitude than West Germans. This suggests a negative effect of communism in East Germany versus democracy in West Germany on social and institutional trust. However, the experience of democracy by East Germans since reunification did not serve to increase levels of social trust significantly. In fact, we cannot reject the hypothesis that East Germans, after more than a decade of democracy, have the same levels of social distrust as shortly after the collapse of communism. In trying to understand the underlying causes, we show that the persistence of social distrust in the East can be explained by negative economic outcomes that many East Germans experienced in the post-reunification period. Our main conclusion is that democracy can foster trust in post-communist societies only when citizens? economic outcomes are right.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherDeutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDIW-Diskussionspapiere 609en_US
dc.subject.jelZ13en_US
dc.subject.jelP51en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordSocial Trusten_US
dc.subject.keywordInstitutional Trusten_US
dc.subject.keywordPolitical Regimesen_US
dc.titleDoes Democracy Foster Trust?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn514846186en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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