Generalized Trust, Cultural Diversity and Institutions
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PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0578 Financed by: CNCS
Description, objectives, and research design and methodology.
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In this project, we focus on generalized trust, one of the key constitutive elements of civic culture important for a well-functioning democracy. Through facilitating cooperation among people, generalized trust contributes to a host of desirable outcomes including encouraging norms of reciprocity, tolerance, and civic morality.
The project asserts that low levels of trust, corruption, mitigated education payoffs, and migrant patterns in Romania are interdependent and not the result of spurious inferences due to a common exogenous influence.

Our research aims to address the triple problem of measurement, endogeneity and model underspecification through a complex research design. First, we measure generalized trust using both explicit and implicit measures. Second, the research is based on both panel survey data and experimental data, which allows us to establish causal direction between trust and its potential determinants. Third, the research captures detailed information both at the individual and intermediate (mezzo) levels, such as colleagues, friends, locality and region.

The project provides an important contribution to the realm of multidisciplinary research as it advances questions located at the intersection of political science, sociology, social psychology and economy.

The project team consists of members of Center for the Study of Democracy, with ample experience in research on social capital, youth socialization and labor migration, as well as a member of the Political Science Faculty from University of North Dakota.

A Longitudinal and Experimental Study

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