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What Determines Trust? Human Capital vs. Social Institutions: Evidence from Manila and Moscow


John V. Nye


George Mason University - Department of Economics; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Greg V. Androushchak


National Research University Higher School of Economics

Desiree Desierto


University of the Philippines, Diliman - School of Economics

Garett Jones


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Maria Yudkevich


National Research University Higher School of Economics

November 4, 2012

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-54

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It is now well established that highly developed countries tend to score well on measures of social capital and have higher levels of generalized trust. In turn, the willingness to trust has been shown to be correlated with various social and environmental factors (e.g. institutions, culture) on one hand, and accumulated human capital on the other. To what extent is an individual’s trust driven by contemporaneous institutions and environmental conditions and to what extent is it determined by the individual’s human capital? We collect data from students in Moscow and Manila and use the variation in their height and gender to instrument for measures of their human capital to identify the causal effect of the latter on trust. We find that human capital positively affects the propensity to trust, and its contribution appears larger than the combined effect of other omitted variables including, plausibly, social and environmental factors.

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Nye, John V. and Androushchak, Greg V. and Desierto, Desiree and Jones, Garett and Yudkevich, Maria, What Determines Trust? Human Capital vs. Social Institutions: Evidence from Manila and Moscow (November 4, 2012). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-54. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2171088 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2171088

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John V. C. Nye (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
703-993-4272 (Phone)
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Greg V. Androushchak
National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )
Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Desiree Desierto
University of the Philippines, Diliman - School of Economics ( email )
Encarnacion Hall
F. M. Guerrero corner S. Osmena Sts
U.P. Diliman, Quezon City
Philippines
Garett Jones
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Maria Yudkevich
National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )
Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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