Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/168583
Authors: 
Stephany, Fabian
Braesemann, Fabian
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Agenda Austria Working Paper 09
Abstract: 
Social capital is often represented by generalized trust - the degree to which one trusts "most (unknown) people". It is assumed to be enhanced by diverse group interactions. In the social capital literature, it is opposed by particularized trust, which represents our mutual confidence in individuals close to us, for example, family members and friends. This study, based on a survey with 634 university students from Austria, questions the existing dichotomy between the two trust types. Our results advocate in favour of a third, community determined type of trust. This additional trust dimension is measured by the number of groups the individuals participate in. It changes between particularized and generalized trust, depending on measures of group context, like frequency of interaction or group size. Thus, the results support hypotheses made in the recent literature about the multidimensionality of trust and quantify the effect of group participation on trust.
Subjects: 
Generalized Trust
Networks
Social Capital
Panel Data
Instrumental Variables
JEL: 
C36
C93
D70
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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