Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147862
Authors: 
Asadullah, Niaz
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10176
Abstract: 
This study presents new evidence on individual and community-specific determinants of social trust using data from 96 villages in Bangladesh. We find perceived institutional trust to be positively correlated with stated inter-personal trust. At the same time, there is significant social distance among various faith groups in our data: both Hindus and Muslims trust their coreligionists more than they trust those from other religions. Hindus in districts bordering India trust non-Hindus significantly less, compared to those in interior regions, which suggests that the results do not simply capture the effect of minority/majority status. Trust towards non-Muslims is negatively correlated with Islamic school attendance among Muslim respondents, while religiosity tends not to play any role. Compared to religion, the effects of institutional trust and local economic development are modest. These findings are robust to control for a range of individual- and community-level correlates, and enumerator fixed-effects.
Subjects: 
Bangladesh
Hindu
institutions
religion
trust
JEL: 
O12
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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