Department of Economics and Business Economics

Constitutional Verbosity and Social Trust

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A common argument in the trust literature is that high-trust cultures allow efficient commercial contracts to be shorter, covering fewer contingencies. We take this idea to the topic of social contracts. Specifically, we ask whether social trust affects the length and detail of constitutions. Cross-country estimates suggest that national trust levels are indeed robustly and negatively associated with the length of countries’ constitutions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Choice
Volume161
Issue1-2
Pages (from-to)91-112
Number of pages22
ISSN0048-5829
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Research areas

  • Constitutional policy economy, Social trust

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