Does Diversity Drive Down Trust?

CIVIL SOCIETY, THE STATE AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: THEORY, EVIDENCE AND POLICY, Per Selle and Sanjeev Prakash, eds., London: Routledge, 2008

39 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2009

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Eric M. Uslaner

University of Maryland, College Park; Institute for Corruption Studies

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Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Does diversity drive down trust, as several have suggested. I show that a wide variety of measures of diversity have little effect on trust, both cross-nationally and across the American states. I show that simple contact with friends of different background has no effect on trust. The only measure of diversity that is related to trust is residential segregation, which does drive down trust.

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Uslaner, Eric M., Does Diversity Drive Down Trust? (2008). CIVIL SOCIETY, THE STATE AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: THEORY, EVIDENCE AND POLICY, Per Selle and Sanjeev Prakash, eds., London: Routledge, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1523725

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