The relationship between behavioral and attitudinal trust: a cross-cultural study
2009 (English)In: Review of social economy, ISSN 0034-6764, E-ISSN 1470-1162, Vol. 67, no 4, 457-482 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We study the relationship between trust in an experiment and trust measured by means of popular survey items in different countries. Students from Chile, Colombia, India, Mexico and Sweden participate in a public goods game experiment and answer a set of standard attitudinal survey questions about trust. We find that behavioral trust and attitudinal trust significantly differ among countries. Behavioral trust is highest in Sweden, followed by Latin America, and lowest in India. Attitudinal trust is highest in Chile and Sweden, followed by India and Mexico, and lowest in Colombia. Further, the predictive power of survey items also differs among countries. Trust measured by survey items is significantly related to behavioral trust in some but not in all societies. No single survey item predicts actual trust across all countries. Plausible explanations of the inconsistent relationship between behavioral and attitudinal trust across countries are discussed.
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Routledge, 2009. Vol. 67, no 4, 457-482 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88033DOI: 10.1080/00346760902908625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-88033DiVA: diva2:601384