How Much Should We Trust the World Values Survey Trust Question?

10 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2011 Last revised: 4 Sep 2012

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Noel D. Johnson

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Alexandra Mislin

American University - Kogod School of Business

Date Written: October 2, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Trust, Trust Game, World Values Survey, Cross-Cultural Experiments

JEL Classification: C91, Z10, C83

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Noel D. and Mislin, Alexandra, How Much Should We Trust the World Values Survey Trust Question? (October 2, 2011). Economics Letters, Vol. 116, No. 2, 2012; GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1937309 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1937309

Noel D. Johnson (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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George Mason University - Mercatus Center

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Alexandra Mislin

American University - Kogod School of Business ( email )

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Washington, DC 20816-8044
United States

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