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Inequality and trust in Sweden: Some inequalities are more harmful than others
Uppsala University, Department of Economics, Uppsala, Sweden.
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden; The Ratio Institute, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8857-6116
2008 (English)In: Journal of Public Economics, ISSN 0047-2727, E-ISSN 1879-2316, Vol. 92, no 1-2, p. 348-365Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present new evidence on the influence of income inequality on generalized trust. Using individual panel data from Swedish counties together with an instrumental variable strategy, we find that differences in disposable income, and especially differences among people in the bottom half of the income distribution, are associated with lower trust. The relationship between income inequality and trust is particularly strong for people with a strong aversion against income differentials. We also find that the proportion of people born in a foreign country is negatively associated with trust.

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Elsevier, 2008. Vol. 92, no 1-2, p. 348-365
Keywords [en]
trust, social capital, inequality
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-72502DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2007.06.010ISI: 000253059900016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-37549070272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-72502DiVA, id: diva2:1289127
Available from: 2019-02-15 Created: 2019-02-15 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved

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