Yamamura, Eiji (2010): Government size and trust.
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This paper uses individual level data (the Japanese General Social Survey, 2001) to examine how government size influences generalized trust. After controlling for income inequality, population mobility, city size and various individual characteristics, I found: (1) Using all samples, government size is not associated with generalized trust, and (2) After splitting the sample into worker and non-worker samples, government size does not influence generalized trust for non-workers whereas it significantly reduces generalized trust for workers. This suggests that workers, through their work experience, might confront the greater bureaucratic red tape coming from “larger government”, leading to negative externality effects on the trustful relationship in the labor market.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Government size and trust|
|Keywords:||Government size; Generalized trust|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D30 - General
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
|Depositing User:||eiji yamamura|
|Date Deposited:||06. Jan 2010 06:11|
|Last Modified:||22. Feb 2013 14:07|
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