TRUSTING AND JOINING ? An Empirical Test of the Reciprocal Nature of Social Capital

  title={TRUSTING AND JOINING ? An Empirical Test of the Reciprocal Nature of Social Capital},
  author={Michele P. Claibourn and P. S{\'a}nchez Mart{\'i}n},
This article tests a key hypothesis of the social capital literature: voluntarymemberships and generalized trust reproduce one another. Panel data from the Michigan Socialization Studies from 1965 to 1982 are used to test the contemporaneous and lagged effects of interpersonal trust on joining groups and the contemporaneous and lagged effects of joining groups on interpersonal trust. We find no evidence supporting the hypothesis that interpersonal trust encourages group memberships and only… CONTINUE READING


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