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Research project Social trust; generalized trust; welfare state; life course; cross-national research; comparative
Social trust is the belief that most other people can be trusted. Previous research shows that high-trust countries are healthier, more democratic and have higher economic growth than low-trust countries. Yet, we know surprisingly little about how and why trust changes over time. To fill this research gap, we make use of data where the same individuals are followed over time (panel data). Assuming that strong welfare states protect their citizens better from the consequences of negative life-course events, we test whether job loss, divorce, income cuts and worsening health affect social trust differently in different types of welfare states.
The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2016-2020: SEK 9,585,000