Civic Honesty and Cultures of Trust

13 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2019

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Christian Bjørnskov

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Center for Political Studies; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: August 9, 2019

Abstract

Recent work on Cohn et al. (2019) shows that civic honesty captured in a wallet-return experiment varies considerably across the world. This paper uses the new experiment to validate the alternative way of measuring trust and honesty from questionnaires. Comparisons of wallet return rates and questionnaire trust across 38 countries and 105 European regions show that experimental behaviour and social trust measured in questionnaires are strongly correlated. The new experimental data thus validate the widespread use of questionnaire-based measures in the trust literature.

Keywords: social trust, experiments

JEL Classification: Z13

Suggested Citation

Bjørnskov, Christian, Civic Honesty and Cultures of Trust (August 9, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3434957 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3434957

Christian Bjørnskov (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Aarhus V, DK-8210
Denmark

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

Center for Political Studies

Landgreven 3
Copenhagen K, DK-1301
Denmark

Institute for Corruption Studies

Stevenson Hall 425
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

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