The Foundations of Trust: Macro and Micro

Posted: 20 Jun 2008

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Eric M. Uslaner

University of Maryland, College Park; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: March 2008


This comment on critique of trust and its measurement argues that it misses the mark, and that there is neither a theoretical nor an empirical foundation for thinking that the macro and micro foundations of trust or its measurement are different from each other. Generalised trust is more than a simple illusion hiding behind institutional structures.

Keywords: Trust, Institutions, Economic growth

JEL Classification: B40, O11, Z13

Suggested Citation

Uslaner, Eric M., The Foundations of Trust: Macro and Micro (March 2008). Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 289-294, 2008. Available at SSRN: or

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