Do Social Connections Create Trust? An Examination Using New Longitudinal Data

@article{Glanville2013DoSC,
  title={Do Social Connections Create Trust? An Examination Using New Longitudinal Data},
  author={Jennifer L. Glanville and Matthew A. Andersson and Pamela Paxton},
  journal={Social Forces},
  year={2013},
  volume={92},
  pages={545 - 562}
}
The origins of generalized trust remain unclear despite its importance to social, political, and economic functioning. Social capital theory and previous cross-sectional research suggest that informal social ties may be a source of trust. Using the 2006–2008 General Social Survey panel, we assess the relationship between changes in informal social ties and changes in trust. As the first US longitudinal analysis to address this question, our fixed-effects analysis is not biased by time-invariant… CONTINUE READING

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