How Much Should We Trust the World Values Survey Trust Question?
Noel D. Johnson
George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center
American University - Kogod School of Business
October 2, 2011
Economics Letters, Vol. 116, No. 2, 2012
GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-44
We use a unique data set of trust game replications in order to validate the commonly used “trust” question from the World Values Survey. We find that trust as measured by the World Values Survey is positively correlated with experimentally measured trust and unrelated to experimentally measured trustworthiness.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Trust, Trust Game, World Values Survey, Cross-Cultural Experiments
JEL Classification: C91, Z10, C83Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 3, 2011 ; Last revised: September 4, 2012
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