Social Trust and the Growth of Schooling
Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics Working Paper No. 07-6
52 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2007
Date Written: June 2007
The paper develops a simple model to exemplify how social trust might affect the growth of schooling through lowering transaction costs associated with employing educated individuals. In a sample of 52 countries, the paper thereafter provides empirical evidence that trust has led to faster growth of schooling in the period 1960-2000. The findings are robust to the inclusion of a set of control variables and being estimated using an instrumental variables approach.
Keywords: Trust, Schooling, Economic development
JEL Classification: J24, O15, Z13
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