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How Does Social Trust Affect Economic Growth?

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This paper connects two strands of the literature on social trust by estimating the effects of trust on growth through a set of potential transmission mechanisms directly. It does so by modelling the process using a three-stage least squares estimator on a sample of countries for which a full data set is available. The results indicate that trust affects schooling and the rule of law directly. These variables in turn affect the investment rate (schooling) and provide a direct effect (rule of law) on the growth rate. The paper closes with a short discussion of the relevance of the findings.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus School of Business, Department of Economics
Number of pages44
ISBN (Print)87-7882-096-9
ISBN (Electronic)87-7882-097-0
Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Research areas

  • Growth, Trust, Transmission mechanisms

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