Trust Issues: Evidence from Second Generation Immigrants

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Martin Ljunge

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Date Written: December 12, 2012


This paper estimates the intergenerational transmission of trust by studying second generation immigrants in 29 European countries with ancestry in 87 nations. There is significant transmission of trust on the mother’s side. The transmission is stronger in Northern Europe. Ancestry from more developed countries suggests a stronger transmission of trust, but the heterogeneity in ancestry dissipates for individuals who reside in Northern Europe. The results suggest an interaction between cultural background and current institutions, where building trust in Northern Europe is a long process but the adjustment to the trust levels in Southern and Eastern Europe is fast.

Keywords: intergenerational transmission, trust, immigrants, cultural transmission, integration of immigrants

JEL Classification: D13, D83, J62, Z13

Suggested Citation

Ljunge, Martin, Trust Issues: Evidence from Second Generation Immigrants (December 12, 2012). IFN Working Paper No. 946, Available at SSRN: or

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