Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101925
Authors: 
Algan, Yann
Cahuc, Pierre
Sangnier, Marc
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8277
Abstract: 
We show the existence of a twin peaks relation between trust and the size of the welfare state that stems from two opposing forces. Uncivic people support large welfare states because they expect to benefit from them without bearing their costs. But civic individuals support generous benefits and high taxes only when they are surrounded by trustworthy individuals. We provide empirical evidence for these behaviors and this twin peaks relation in the OECD countries.
Subjects: 
welfare state
trust
civism
corruption
redistribution
JEL: 
H1
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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