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A sticky trait: Social trust among Swedish expatriates in countries with varying institutional quality
Department of Economics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0806-5664
2018 (English)In: Journal of comparative economics (Print), ISSN 0147-5967, E-ISSN 1095-7227, Vol. 46, no 4, p. 1146-1157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social trust is linked to many desirable economic and social outcomes. Using new data from a representative sample of 2668 Swedish expatriates, we examine the robustness of high social trust in countries with different levels of institutional quality. The results suggest that individual trust decreases with length of stay in countries with high corruption and low rule of law. The effect is relatively small and driven by expatriates who were aged 30 years or below upon arrival to the new country. While other studies have found that trust among migrants adapts to destination country trust levels, we find that after the (approximate) age of 30, high trust is a sticky personality trait. The results are robust to controlling for a large array of individual characteristics (including age) and support the view that social trust is sensitive to events that occur early in life.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 46, no 4, p. 1146-1157
Keywords [en]
Social trust, Institutions, Corruption, Rule of law, Migration
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Social Sciences Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149666DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2018.06.002ISI: 000454970500015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049534090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-149666DiVA, id: diva2:1269167
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Funding agencies: Swedish Research Council; Torsten Soderbergs Foundation

Available from: 2018-12-09 Created: 2018-12-09 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved

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